APS is governed by an elected Council consisting of the President, the President Elect, the immediate Past President—each serving a one-year term in that office—and nine Councilors—each serving a three-year term, with three Councilors being retired each year. Newly elected officers begin their term at the end of the annual meeting each spring.

The Council meets for three two-day meetings each year: at the Society’s annual meeting in the spring; at a joint meeting with APS Committee Chairs meeting in the summer; and at a joint session with the Section Advisory Committee in the fall.

2021 APS Council

Jeff Sands, MD, APS President
Jennifer Pollock, PhD, FAPS
President
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jennifer Pollock, PhD, FAPS, FAHA, holds an endowed professorship in nephrology in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also the co-director of the Department of Cardio-Renal Physiology & Medicine and co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences TL1 Predoctoral Training Program at UAB. Pollock earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pollock has been an APS member since 1997. Past leadership roles include secretary-treasurer and chair of the Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section, member of the Nominating and Section Advisory committees and organizer of multiple conference and symposia programs. She is a past member of the Science Policy Committee and APS Council and contributes to the editorial and peer review processes for the American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Her honors include numerous awards for outstanding research and mentoring, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award and the American Heart Association Harriet Dustan Award for Outstanding Hypertension Research. She has received the APS Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award and the APS Starling Distinguished Lecturer Award. Pollock received FAPS status in 2016 and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Samuelson 200x200Linda Samuelson, PhD, FAPS
Past President
University of Michigan

Linda C. Samuelson, PhD, FAPS, FAAAS, is the John A. Williams Collegiate Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology and director of the Center for Cell Plasticity and Organ Design at the University of Michigan, where she has worked since 1991. Samuelson earned a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Chicago.

An APS member since 1995, Samuelson has served the Society in multiple roles. She is a former member of APS Council, the Gastrointestinal & Liver Section Steering Committee and is a past chair of the Committee on Committees. Samuelson also served on the Publications and Finance committees and is a past associate editor of Physiological Genomics. She is a current member of the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology editorial board and is the editor-in-chief of APSselect, APS’ monthly collection of the “best of the best” research articles.

Samuelson’s honors include the APS Takeda Distinguished Research Award, Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship and the American Gastroenterological Association’s Grossman and Funderburg Awards. Samuelson became a Fellow of the APS (FAPS) in 2015 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2019.


Silverthorn200Dee U. Silverthorn, PhD, FAPS, FAAA, FAAAS
President-elect
University of Texas at Austin

Dee U. Silverthorn, PhD, FAPS, FAAA, FAAAS, is a professor emerita in the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). She was previously a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physiology at UT Austin. She earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

Silverthorn has served the Society on the APS Council, as past chair and secretary of the Teaching of Physiology Section and as a past representative to the Joint Program Committee. She was editor-in-chief of Advances in Physiology Education from 2001 to 2007, is the outgoing chair of the Book Committee and is a member of the Team 2023 Task Force, a group of APS member leaders tasked with assisting in the development of the Society’s new annual meeting, PHYSIOLOGY 2023.

Silverthorn is a past recipient of the APS Guyton Educator Award and the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and has received 11 other teaching awards through the University of Texas. She received FAPS status in 2015 and is a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomy (AAA) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Jeff Sands, MD, APS President
Scott Steen, FASAE, CAE
Secretary & Executive Director
American Physiological Society

Scott Steen, CAE, FASAE, was appointed as the executive director of the American Physiological Society in July of 2018. The Society is a global leader in expanding knowledge related to biological function, championing the importance of physiology for achieving breakthroughs in health, disease and our understanding of life. Previously, Scott led two science-focused organizations: the American Ceramic Society – a science and engineering society - and, most recently, American Forests. During his tenure at both organizations, he presided over substantial increases in revenue, membership growth, innovation, and member engagement.

While Scott was president & CEO of American Forests, membership tripled, the organization launched several new, high profile initiatives, and operating revenue nearly doubled. The organization also received media coverage in such outlets as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and NPR, and was named one of the best managed environmental charities in America by Outside Magazine. Scott has also served as chief strategy officer at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and chief operating officer of the Center for Association Leadership, a think tank and education center for association managers and leaders. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a fellow of ASAE, and a frequent author and speaker on topics that include managing organizational change, creating cultures that support innovation, storytelling as a leadership tool, branding, member engagement, and future trends in association management.


Alexander200Lacy Alexander, PhD, FACSM
Councillor
Pennsylvania State University

Lacy Alexander, PhD, FACSM, is a professor of kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University in University Park (Penn State). She earned her doctorate in kinesiology from Penn State as well. Alexander is a past member of the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee and was the Environmental & Exercise Physiology Section (EEP) representative to the Joint Program Committee from 2016 to 2019. She is the current chair of the EEP Section, a member of the Section Advisory Committee and an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Alexander is a past recipient of Penn State’s Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, the APS EEP New Investigator Award and the APS Cardiovascular Section Early Investigator Research Recognition Award. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


Bodine 200x200Sue Bodine, PhD, FAPS
Councillor
University of Iowa 

Sue Bodine, PhD, FAPS, is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa. She earned a doctorate in kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. A member of APS since 1989, she was elected a Fellow of the APS in 2017.

Bodine has served as associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism, the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology, and was most recently on the editorial board of the journal Physiology. She is an active member—and former councilor—of the Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) Section. Awards include the Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lectureship of the APS EEP Section. Bodine is also a member of the National Institutes of Health grant review panel on skeletal muscle and exercise physiology. “I am committed to working hard for the [APS] membership to advance the Society and physiology research,” Bodine said.


Carter 200x200Jason R. Carter, PhD
Councillor
Montana State University

Jason Carter, PhD, is vice president for research, economic development and graduate education at Montana State University (MSU). Prior to joining MSU, he was associate vice president for research at Michigan Technological University (MTU). Carter received his doctorate in the biological sciences from MTU, and has been adjunct/visiting faculty at the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic.

Carter has served on several APS committees, including the Joint Program Committee, Committee on Committees and the Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) Section Steering Committees. He is the co-founder and former president of the Michigan Physiological Society and an associate editor of the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Carter’s honors include research recognition awards from the NCAR, Central Nervous System and Teaching Sections and APS research and teaching career enhancement awards. Leadership roles outside of APS include president-elect of the American Kinesiology Association in 2017 and a seat on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Council on Research. “I value creativity, hard work, humility and the value of networking. I will bring these unique experiences and perspectives to [APS] Council in an effort to advance APS,” Carter said.


Curras-Collazo200Margarita Curras-Collazo, PhD, FAPS
Councillor
University of California

Margarita Curras-Collazo, PhD, FAPS, is an associate professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside. She earned her doctorate in medical physiology from The Ohio State University. Curras-Collazo has served the Society in a variety of capacities, including program co-organizer for the inaugural California chapter of APS, past member and chair of the Porter Physiology Development Committee (now called the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee), member of the Central Nervous System Section steering committee, Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee, APS-ADI Mastermind Group and as an undergraduate summer research host. She continues to serve on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Curras-Collazo’s honors include University of California Regents Award, University of California Distinguished Mentor for Undergraduate Research, University of California Distinguished Teacher in Life Sciences, the ADInstruments Macknight Educator Award and the APS Teaching Career Enhancement Award. She has been a member of APS since 1984 and received FAPS status in 2019.


Michael HedrickMichael Hedrick, PhD, FAPS
Councillor
California State University, East Bay

Michael Hedrick, PhD, FAPS, is a professor in the Department of Biological Science at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). He earned his PhD in zoology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Hedrick is a former department and academic senate chair. An APS member since 1991, Hedrick is a past chair of the Comparative & Evolutionary Physiology Section and has served on the Nominating, Section Advisory and Publications committees. He is on the editorial boards of multiple physiology journals, including the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, and for APSselect.

His honors include appointment as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and outstanding professor awards. Hedrick received FAPS status in 2018.


Hinojosa 200x200Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, PhD, FAPS
Councillor
US Army Institute of Surgical Research 

Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, PhD, FAPS, is a research physiologist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Prior to her current position, she was an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also earned her doctorate in pharmacology.

Hinojosa-Laborde has been an APS member since 1990 and has served on the International Physiology, Long-Range Planning, Strategic Planning and Porter Committees, and was the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section representative to the Committee on Committees. She was elected a Fellow of the APS in 2017 and is a member of the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology editorial board. Service outside APS includes membership and former chair of the American Heart Association’s Women and Minorities Leadership Committee. “My focus will be to ensure that APS remains relevant to its members and continues to contribute to the success of the future leaders of APS,” Hinojosa-Laborde said.


William JacksonWilliam F. Jackson, PhD
Councillor
Michigan State University

William F. Jackson, PhD, is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned his PhD in physiology from MSU. An APS member since 1978, Jackson has served the Society as a member of the Education, Joint Program and APS Fellows committees and the Committee on Committees. He is the current past chair of the APS Cardiovascular Section and continues to serve on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. Jackson is also a longtime reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Jackson is a former president of the Microcirculatory Society and a past editor-in-chief of the journal Microcirculation. Other honors include the Medical College of Georgia’s Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Western Michigan University’s Distinguished Scholar Award and the Microcirculatory Society’s Pharmacia Award.


Lee200Dexter Lee, PhD
Councillor
Howard University College of Medicine

Dexter Lee, PhD, is an associate professor of physiology at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also co-director of the Research Centers at Minority Institutions professional development program and is co-director of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Centers for Clinical and Translational Sciences TL1 program. Lee earned his doctorate in physiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lee was the inaugural president of the Greater Washington, D.C., Area chapter of APS; has served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; is a member of the Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee; and is a past keynote speaker for the APS Minority Travel Fellows luncheon at Experimental Biology. He has received numerous NIH awards and is a past recipient of the APS Early-career Research Award.


Ann SchreihoferAnn Schreihofer, PhD, FAPS
Councillor
North Texas Health Science Center

Ann Schreihofer, PhD, FAPS, is a professor of physiology and anatomy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. An APS member since 1993, Schreihofer has served on a variety of APS committees, including the Women in Physiology and Joint Program committees and is a past chair of the Section Advisory and the Central Nervous System (CNS) Section steering committees. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Schreihofer’s honors include the CNS Section’s New Investigator Award, the Michael Brody New Investigator Award, the Shih-Chun Wang Young Investigator Award and the Henry Pickering Bowditch Lectureship. She received FAPS status in 2015.


Ex-Officio Members of Council
Kirsteen Browning, PhD, Joint Program Committee Chair 
David Gutterman, MD, FAPS, Publications Committee Chair 
Katherine Wilkinson, PhD, Science Policy Committee Chair 
Jeffrey Osborn, PhD, Education Committee Chair
Scott Kirkton, PhD, Section Advisory Committee Chair
Paul Welling, MD, Finance Committee Chair