Daniel Beard, Ph.D.


Daniel

 

Beard, Ph.D.

Carl J. Wiggers Collegiate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
University of Michigan Medical School



Daniel Beard is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and holds affiliate appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Emergency Medicine. His laboratory is focused on systems engineering approaches to understanding the biophysical and biochemical operation of physiological systems. Dr. Beard is the Director of the Virtual Physiological Rat (VPR) project, supported as an NIH National Center for Systems Biology, working to analyze, interpret, simulate, and ultimately predict physiological function in health and disease.

Beard earned an MS in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 1997 under the supervision of James Bassingthwaighte, Ph.D. at the University of Washington. After completing his Ph.D. Beard conducted postdoctoral research at the Courant Institute of New York University, and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Before joining the University of Michigan, he was Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Research: 

The Beard lab (cooperating with Brian Carlson) is focused on systems engineering approaches for understanding the biophysical and biochemical operation of physiological systems. Dan Beard is the Director of the Virtual Physiological Rat (VPR) project, previously supported as an NIH National Center for Systems Biology, working to analyze, interpret, simulate, and ultimately predict physiological function in health and disease. The scope of topics in the lab cover integrated experimental and computational projects spanning the scales of subcellular to whole organism function and include: (1) Cardiac energy metabolism. (2) Cardiovascular system dynamics. (3) Regulation of coronary blood flow. (4) Stem cell derived cardiomyocytes.