Basic Sciences Division

The Basic Sciences Division of the CICMD is comprised of faculty, students, and postdoctoral trainees from across the UF campus. Together we strive to promote the detection, prevention, and treatment of cardiometabolic disease through research focused on the basic mechanisms underlying cardiovascular and metabolic function and disease. CICMD members in the Basic Sciences Division use animal models to study the role of the brain, vasculature, kidney, heart, immune and GI systems in a variety of physiological and pathophysiological states.

Areas of Focus

Major areas of research focus include:

  • Neural mechanisms of hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gut-brain axis in cardiovascular disease
  • Circadian clock-mediated regulation of blood pressure and renal function
  • Vascular biology and kidney disease
  • Stress and cardiovascular function
  • Neuronal and hormonal signaling in obesity


The division seeks to support CICMD-affiliated investigators and trainees with resources for conducting basic research studies. For a comprehensive list visit our resources page.

Members and Collaborations

Abdel Alli Ph.D.

Andrew Chuanyin Liu, Ph.D.

Fernando Bril Ph.D.

Charles Wood Ph.D.

Colin Sumners Ph.D.

Kirk Conrad Ph.D.

Jason Frazier, Ph.D.

Michelle Gumz Ph.D.

Linda Hayward, Ph.D.

Jill Verlander Ph.D.

Christopher Martyniuk Ph.D.

Leah Reznikov

Peter P.Sayeski, Ph.D.

Elaine Sumners Ph.D.

Susan Percival

Rebecca T Kimball

Glenn A. Walter, Ph.D.

Brandon Warren, Ph.D.

Charles Wingo

Zhiyong Cheng,Ph.D.

Zubcevic Jasenka, Ph.D.

The division brings together investigators from many departments and institutes across the UF campus, including the Department of Medicine (COM), Department of Physiological Sciences (Vet Med), Department of Pharmacodynamics (COP), Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics (COM), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (COM), the UF Cancer Center, and the McKnight Brain Institute.