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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

I have taught Physiology at the medical school level for 18 years and have been the Course Director of Physiology at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine for 8 years. Within the year-long course, I teach Cell and Membrane Physiology, Muscle, Renal, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Reproduction and oversee and facilitate all physiology conferences. I also teach some Endocrine Pharmacology to the second year medical students, as well as teach in our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.


(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.

Complete publication list

Teaching Awards

  • 2013-2014, Mentor of the Year Award, Rowan University
  • The Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence awarded by Drexel University College of Medicine 1st Year IFM Students, 2014
  • The Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence awarded by Drexel University College of Medicine 1st Year PIL Students, 2014
  • Northup Educator of The Year Award awarded by the SOMA Foundation, 2013
  • 2012, Recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • 2011, Master Educator Award, UMDNJ
  • 2007-2008, Mentor of the Year Award, UMDNJ
  • 2004-2005, Recipient of the Foundation of UMDNJ’s Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2001, Outstanding Teacher, awarded by the Physician Assistant Students, University of  New England, Class of 2001
  • 1992, Department of EPO Biology Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, University of Colorado, Boulder