Dr. Barbara Horwitz

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Position Title
Distinguished Professor


Briggs Hall Rm. 280A

Profile Introduction

Genetic, neural, and hormonal regulation of energy balance; alterations with obesity/age; current research focuses on mechanisms utilized by mammalian hibernators that result in CNS neuroprotection and survival in extreme environments.


BS    (Zoology)    University of Florida
MS    (Zoology)    University of Florida
PhD    (Physiology)    Emory University

Research Interests

Extracellular signal reception/intracellular signal transduction and uncoupling proteins; physiological changes with obesity/aging; mechanisms of neuroprotection


Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

Fellow AAAS (American Association for Advancement of Science)

UC Davis Prize for Teaching & Scholarly Achievement

UC Presidential Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research


Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Teacher of the year (American Physiological Society)

President of the Society of Experimental Biology & Medicine

Helen Cserr Memorial Lecturer

President of the American Physiological Society

Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award (American Physiological Society)

Distinguished Scientist of the Society of Experimental Biology & Medicine

Roy G. Daggs Award (American Physiological Society)

College of Biological Sciences Principles of Community Award (lifetime achievement)

Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity & Community

AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Fellow American Physiological Society (inaugural class)

Department and Center Affiliations

Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior (College of Biological Sciences)

Physology & Membrane Biology (School of Medicine)


American Physiological Society (Past President)

Society for Experimental Biology & Medicine (Past President)

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (Previously on Board of Directors)

New York Academy of Sciences

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology

Specialties / Focus

Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology

  • Cellular Physiology
  • Metabolic Physiology

Teaching Interests

Cellular physiology; metabolic physiology.

GI physiology