WIDMAIER received his Ph.D. in 1984 in
Endocrinology from the
University of California at San Francisco.
postdoctoral training was in endocrinology and physiology at the
Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology,
The Salk Institute
La Jolla, California. His research is focused on the control of body mass
and metabolism in mammals, the mechanisms of hormone action, and
the postnatal development of adrenal gland function. He is currently
Professor of Biology at
Boston University,
where he teaches Systems
Physiology and Comparative Physiology, and has been recognized with
the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching by the College of Arts and
Sciences, and the Metcalf Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Boston
University. He is the author of numerous scientifi c and lay publications,
including books about physiology for the general reader. He lives
outside Boston with his wife, Maria, and children, Carrie and Ricky.
RAFF received his Ph.D. in Environmental Physiology
from the
Johns Hopkins University
in 1981 and did postdoctoral training
in Endocrinology at the
University of California at San Francisco
. He is
now a Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical
Nutrition) and Physiology at the
Medical College of Wisconsin
Director of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at
St. Luke’s
Medical Center
. At the
Medical College of Wisconsin,
he teaches systems
physiology, neuroendocrinology, and endocrine pharmacology to
medical and graduate students. He was an inaugural inductee into the
Society of Teaching Scholars, and he has received the Beckman Basic
Science Teaching Award from the Senior Class and the Outstanding
Teacher Award from the Graduate Student Association. He is also an
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences at
Marquette University
. He
recently completed terms as Secretary-Treasurer of The Endocrine
Society and as Associate Editor of Advances in Physiology Education.
Dr. Raff’s basic research focuses on the effects of low oxygen (hypoxia)
at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. His clinical interest
focuses on pituitary and adrenal diseases, with a special focus on
Cushing’s syndrome. His hobby is playing the piano and guitar. He
resides outside Milwaukee with his wife, Judy, and son, Jonathan.
received his Master’s degree in Zoology
(1988) and his Ph.D. in Physiology (1994) from the
of Wisconsin at Madison.
His research area is cellular mechanisms
of contractility modulation in cardiac muscle. He teaches a large
undergraduate systems physiology course as well as fi rst-year medical
physiology in the
UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
He was elected to UW-Madison’s Teaching Academy and serves on the
steering commitee of the Institute for Cross-college Biology Education
(ICBE). Teaching awards include the UW Medical Alumni Association’s
Distinguished Teaching Award for Basic Sciences, and the University of
Wisconsin System’s Underkofl er/Alliant Energy Excellence in Teaching
Award. Interested in teaching technology, Dr. Strang has created an
interactive CD-ROM tutorial called “Anatomy of a Heart Attack,” and
has produced numerous animations for teaching physiology. He lives in
Madison with his children, Jake and Amy.
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