"We are interested in studying fundamental and poorly understood physiological responses in humans. We also apply state of the art integrative physiological techniques to the study of human disease and drug responses. This overall approach is now leading us to study how common genetic variants in key elements of the autonomic nervous system might influence physiological regulation. In an era of reductionism we remain committed to understanding how the whole human responds to complex challenges like exercise, heating, standing, and mental stress."
Michael J. Joyner, M.D. is a Professor of Anesthesiology. He received his undergraduate (1981) and medical (1987) degrees from the University of Arizona. He began working on issues related to exercise and applied physiology in the late 1970s while still an undergraduate. During this time he came under the influence of the noted physiologists Jack Wilmore, Eddie Coyle, Douglas Stuart and John Holloszy. After medical school Dr. Joyner obtained performed a combined clinical residency in Anesthesiology and Research Fellowship at Mayo Clinic where he was mentored by Kai Rehder and John Shepherd.
Dr. Joyner's work has been funded continuously by the NIH since the early 1990s, he has held important editorial duties for key journals, served as an NIH study section member and he received numerous national and international awards for his work on muscle blood flow, NO and human physiology. A number of Dr. Joyner's former fellows now direct independent research programs in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Dr. Joyner has also participated in a number of administrative activities at Mayo and he is currently the Deputy Director for Research at Mayo, Rochester and also the associated program director of Mayo's CTSA.