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Program Leadership



Dr. Bryan Mackenzie

Academic Director 
Associate Professor

Hello, I'm Bryan Mackenzie. I serve as Academic Director of the SMP in physiology. I am the course director for Interprofessional Education in the fall semester, and for Statistics & Experimental Design in the spring semester. I also teach in Graduate Medical Physiology. I actively serve as an adviser to students in the SMP.

My research program explores the molecular physiology of iron transport, absorption, and homeostasis. Iron metabolism is of major public-health significance because of the huge worldwide prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia, and also common hereditary disorders that lead to iron overload and consequent organ damage. My lab focuses on the mechanisms and structure–function of the iron transporters divalent metal-ion transporter-1 (DMT1)—responsible for cellular iron uptake in the intestine, erythroid precursor cells, and many other cell types—and ferroportin, a cellular iron exporter that delivers iron to the blood plasma from enterocytes and macrophages. Approaches in my lab include functional assays in RNA-injected Xenopus oocytes expressing iron transporters, and iron absorption and homeostasis in genetically modified mouse models.



Ms. Emma Jones

Education Specialist

Hello! I am Emma Jones, Education Specialist for UC's special master's program in physiology. In addition to serving on the admissions committee, I am also one of the primary contacts for students throughout their time in the program. I work very closely with each and every student as they navigate through the curriculum - the part of my job I enjoy the most!

I completed my undergraduate degree here at UC in Communication with a minor in Marketing, as well as my Master's in Educational Studies with a focus in Educational & Community-Based Action Research. Having been a Bearcat fan and Cincinnati native my whole life, I am very familiar with all Cincinnati has to offer. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me about the program, UC, or the Cincinnati area in general!


katie-hobbingDr. Katie Hobbing

Associate Director
Admissions | Professional Development
Assistant Professor

Hello! I am Katie Hobbing. I am an assistant professor of pharmacology and systems physiology. I serve as Associate Director of the SMP in physiology, for which my two major roles are to serve as chair of the admissions committee and to oversee professional development of students within the program. I am course director of the fall course Professional Development.



Dr. Roger T. Worrell

Associate Director
Capstone | Faculty Mentoring
Associate Professor

Hello, I am Roger Worrell, and I serve as Associate Director of the SMP in physiology. I am also the capstone course director, and facilitate the faculty mentoring program. My research expertise centers around epithelial ion transport in health and disease, with primary interest in intestinal transport and its relation to microbial niche development and maintenance, as well as interest in renal transport mechanisms. Research methods employed in these areas include cellular, cultured organoid, organ, and whole animal levels. Focus is both on mechanisms and regulation in health as well as in disease states. Disease states include but are not limited to; Cystic Fibrosis, hypertension, endocrine disorders, hepatic encephalopathy, and diarrhea (C. difficile) and intestinal microbial dysbiosis. Professionally, I have been actively involved in the American Physiological Society (APS) since my graduate school days and have been an active member of The Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) since 2001.



Dr. Robert Banks

Founding Director of the SMP
Professor Emeritus

Hello, I'm Bob Banks, Professor Emeritus of Physiology. I have been very involved in UC's Special Master's Program in Physiology since its inception in the fall of 2006. Although I have stepped down as program director,I continue to stay involved in the program and remain committed to helping each of you succeed in achieving your long-term goals. My research expertise is cardiovascular and renal physiology and, although I no longer have an active laboratory, I remain very interested in these fields.

Contact Us

Physiology (MS) Program

University of Cincinnati
PO Box 670576
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0576

Educational Specialist

Emma C Jones, MA
Medical Sciences Building
Office 4257

Phone: 513-558-4188