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Deborah Podolin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Education

Rowan Medicine Building, Suite 2200, Office 2200A


University of Colorado, Boulder Ph.D., Biology 



Research Interests

Dr. Podolin’s research interests have shifted from preventing and reversing diet-induced type 2 diabetes in rodents to investigating innovative and effective pedagogies in medical education. Dr. Podolin currently serves as the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience and as Director of the Gastroenterology & Nutrition Block in the 2nd year of the Synergistic Guided Learning curriculum. Dr. Podolin teaches physiology and endocrine pharmacology in the medical and graduate school.

Teaching/Mentoring Awards:

  • 2021 Exemplary Dedication to Allyship, Recognized by The Black Collective of Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • 2020 The Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, Awarded by Rowan-Virtua SOM 4th Year Medical Students
  • 2020 Walk of Fame for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Awarded by the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching at Rowan University
  • 2014 Mentor of the Year, Awarded by the Rowan University SOM Medical Students
  • 2014 The Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, Awarded by Drexel University College of Medicine 1st Year PIL Students
  • 2014 The Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, Awarded by Drexel University College of Medicine 1st Year IFM Students
  • 2013 Northup Educator of the Year Award – National Award, Awarded by the SOMA Foundation
  • 2012 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, Awarded by the Christian and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • 2011 Master Educator, Awarded by the UMDNJ Masters Educator Guild
  • 2008 Mentor of the Year, Awarded by the UMDNJ-SOM Medical Students
  • 2004-2005 Excellence in Teaching Award, Awarded by The Foundation of UMDNJ
  • 2001 Outstanding Teacher Award, Awarded by the Physician Assistant Students, University of New England
  • 1992 Department of EPO Biology Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, Awarded by the University of Colorado, Boulder 


(Updated 2016)

  1. Schwanke ML, Dutta K, Podolin DA, Davidoff AJ. Cardiomyocyte dysfunction in insulin-resistant rats: a female advantageDiabetologia, 49(5): 1097-105, May 2006.
  2. Davidoff AJ, Mason MM, DavidsonvMB, Carmody MW, Hintz K, Wold LE, Ren J, Podolin DA. Sucrose-induced cardiomyocyte dysfunction is both preventable and reversible with clinically relevant treatments. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab, 286(5): E718-24, May 2004.
  3. Podolin DA, Wills BK, Wood IO, Lopez M, Mazzeo RS, Roth DA.  Attenuation of age-related declines in glucagon-mediated signal transduction in rat liver by exercise training. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab,281(3): E516-23, Sep 2001.
  4. Dutta K, Podolin DA, Davidson MB, Davidoff AJ. Cardiomyocyte dysfunction in sucrose-fed rats is associated with insulin resistance. Diabetes, 50(5): 1186-92, May 2001.
  5. Thresher JS, Podolin DA, Wei Y, Mazzeo RS, Pagliassotti MJ. Comparison of the effects of sucrose and fructose on insulin action and glucose tolerance. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 279(4): R1334-40, Oct 2000.
  6. Pagliassotti MJ, Gayles EC, Podolin DA, Wei Y, Morin CL. Developmental stage modifies diet-induced peripheral insulin resistance in rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 278(1): R66-73, Jan 2000.
  7. Podolin DA, Wei Y, Pagliassotti MJ. Effects of a high-fat diet and voluntary wheel running on gluconeogenesis and lipolysis in rats. J Appl Physiol, 86(4): 1374-1380, Apr 1999.
  8. Morin CL, Gayles EC, Podolin DA, Wei Y, Xu M, Pagliassotti MJ. Adipose tissue-derived tumor necrosis factor activity correlates with fat cell size but not insulin action in aging rats. Endocrinology, 139(12): 4998-5005, Dec 1998.
  9. Podolin DA, Sutherland E, Iwahashi M, Simon FR, Pagliassotti MJ. A high-sucrose diet alters the lipid composition and fluidity of liver sinusoidal membranes. Horm Metab Res, 30(4): 195-9, Apr 1998.
  10. Podolin DA, Gayles E, Wei Y, Thresher JS, Pagliassotti MJ. Menhaden oil  prevents but does not reverse diet-induced insulin resistance in rats. Am J Physiol, 274(3 Pt 2): R840-8, Mar 1998.

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