Physiology and Biophysics

Emeritus Faculty

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Marjorie E. Anderson Ph.D.

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Marge received her PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington in 1969. After two years of postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University, she returned to the department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UW in 1971 and became a joint appointee in PBio in 1973. As an affiliate of the Primate Center, her research has focused on the roles of the basal ganglia in controlling movement, both in normal animals and in those with drug-induced parkinsonism.

Marge has twice served as Acting Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine and, as one of the few women who were early basic scientists in the School of Medicine, she led committees that focused on issues of women faculty. In retirement, she continues to mentor postdocs and junior faculty, especially physical therapists doing translational research on motor function.

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Albert Berger Ph.D.

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After 33 years on the PBIO faculty, Albert Berger joined the ranks of Emeritus Professor, effective July 1, 2011. Albert joined the department in 1978, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980 and to Professor in 1985. Trained in chemical engineering (Bachelors degree from Cornell and PhD from Princeton), he worked as a research engineer for a few years before joining the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1972, he began graduate study at UCSF and earned a PhD in Physiology.

Albert has won numerous awards, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a Fogarty Fellowship. He received two Javits awards (contiguous) from the NIH for his research on neuronal regulation of respiration. Albert co-authored a text book on Physiology of Respiration and has published more than 125 research papers. During his tenure as a faculty member, Albert taught many courses and served as course director on several occasions.

In 2000, Albert served as acting chair of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. From 2001-2005, he was Vice Dean for Research & Graduate Education in the UW School of Medicine.

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George L. Brengelmann Ph.D.

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Daniel Cook M.D., Ph.D.

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Eric O. Feigl M.D.

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Albert F. Fuchs Ph.D.

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Albert M. Gordon Ph.D.

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Albert joined the Department in 1962 as a postdoctoral fellow, became an assistant professor in 1965 and quickly advanced through the ranks, achieving full professor status in 1975. Albert continued his research on muscle contraction here at the University of Washington and has made numerous important contributions to our understanding of calcium regulation of contraction and the role of the troponins. He received a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Award from the NIH in 1984 and is an honorary Professor of Physiology at Guangzhou Medical College. Perhaps, most notably, he has served for many years as the Department’s representative to the WWAMI program. Despite becoming Emeritus Professor in 2002, Albert will maintain a close connection with the Department by continuing to teach in the medical course, serving as the WWAMI coordinator and collaborating with his research colleagues.

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Bertil Hille Ph.D.

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Bertil Hille, PhD, has contributed to the success of the UW School of Medicine as a researcher, teacher, mentor and writer for more than 50 years. Beginning July 1, 2021, he will continue his remarkable career as professor emeritus.

Hille joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in 1968, and he was named the Wayne E. Crill Endowed Professor in 2005. He received his B.S. in Zoology from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from The Rockefeller University. He met his wife, Merrill Hille, while they were both graduate students at Rockefeller. A researcher in the field of cell and developmental biology, Merrill Hille joined the UW Department of Biology faculty in 1976 and is now professor emerita.

Hille’s work has led to major advances in our understanding of humans as electrical beings. He proved the concept of ion channels and wrote the classical textbook “Ion Channels and Excitable Membranes.” First published in 1984 and now in its third edition, it has been described as “the scholarly bible of ion channels and one of the more cited publications in scientific literature.” In addition to this textbook, he has contributed to more than 200 papers and books.

“Bertil Hille is one of the most outstanding faculty members in the history of the UW School of Medicine,” says Paul Ramsey, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UW Medicine. “In addition to his groundbreaking scientific discoveries, he has set the tone for excellence and integrity within his department and across the School.”

Hille has received numerous awards and honors including the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the Gairdner Foundation International Award. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“Bertil has made enormous contributions to our department with his excellence in research and as a mentor and colleague,” says Elizabeth Buffalo, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. “In his new role, he will remain active in mentoring and advising junior faculty. He has had a significant positive impact on countless trainees and junior faculty during his career, and the department is grateful for his continued involvement.”

--from UW Medicine's The Huddle

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Michael P. Hlastala Ph.D.

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Donna J. Koerker Ph.D.

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Ed Rubel Ph.D.

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Peter Schwindt Ph.D.

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Orville A. Smith Ph.D.

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Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1953. He came to the Physiology and Biophysics Department and Regional Primate Center in 1958. He was the Director of the Primate Center from 1971 until 1988. Dr. Smith retired from the department in 1997, but continues to work.

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William L. Stahl Ph.D.

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Bill received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame in 1958 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. After post-doctoral work in London at the Institute of Psychiatry and in Bethesda at the NIH he came to Seattle in 1967 with joint faculty appointments in Physiology and Biophysics and Medicine (Neurology) and the VA Medical Center, advancing to full professor in 1977. His work centered on mechanisms of ion transport in the nervous system. In 2003 he became Professor Emeritus at the UW and Executive Director of the Histochemical Society. He mow works on administration for the Society and develops and teaches laboratory-based immunohistochemistry and microscopy courses which are offered at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole.

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Robert Steiner Ph.D.

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Charles Stirling Ph.D.

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Charles joined the Department in 1968 as an assistant professor and became professor in 1980. His main research focus was how proteins that transport Na and small molecules are organized in epithelial tissues and the retina. Studies of note are the membrane defect in the genetic decease "Glucose-Galactose Malabsorption", the role of the Na pump in secretory epithelia. The relative distribution of the Na pump in the kidney and the origin of the "dark current" in vertebrate photoreceptors. His teaching encompassed graduate, medical, dental and nursing students. His present interest is in developing "web based" teaching material for selective subjects in physiology.