Thad Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology


Thad Wilson

Dr. Thad Wilson is a Professor of Physiology and the Physiology Lead for Biomedical Sciences division of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research interests are in thermal physiology, eccrine sweat glands, and the interaction between the environment and health / disease. His teaching interests are focused around helping medical students help themselves learn physiology by means of context and clinical application. One of his teaching passions is incorporating innovative teaching methods, such as flipped classrooms, problem-based learning, and team-based learning.

Thad obtained his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Wyoming and Ph.D. at the University of Utah. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He also has been fortunate to learn additional scientific techniques at: 1) General Clinical Research Center at Penn State College of Medicine, 2) Righospitalet (National Hospital of Denmark) at the University of Copenhagen, 3) Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and 4) Hillcrest Medical Center at the University of California – San Diego School of Medicine.

Thad has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles primarily in environmental physiology, as well as a physiology textbook (Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Physiology). LIR Physiology represents a concise medical-oriented text with clinical applications, visual representations of high-impact physiological processes, and board-style review questions.  

Thad sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Thermal Biology and the Journal of Applied Physiology, has served on several governmental and association grant review panels. He is a member of the American Physiological Society and participates in both state and international physiology conferences and organizations. 

Clinical/Research Interests:

Eccrine sweat gland and skin blood flow disorders

Interactions of the thermal environment on medical conditions and worker health/safety

Simulation and lifespan issues in medical physiology education

Modeling regional skin barriers and transdermal molecule movement

Current Funding:

NIH – National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Role of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Rosacea” (R15AR069912).

Representative Publications:

Wilson, T. E.  Cardiovascular and metabolic responses to thermal insults.  Theory and Applications of Heat Transfer in Cells and Organs (edited by D. Shrivastava), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY, 2018.

Crandall, C. G. & Wilson, T. E.   Human cardiovascular responses to passive heat stress. Comprehensive Physiology, 5: 17-43, 2015.

Wilson, T. E.
, Klabunde, R. E. & Monahan, K. D.  Using thermal stress to model aspects of disease states. Journal of Thermal Biology, 43: 24-32, 2014.

Recent Publications:

Wilson, T. E. & Metzler-Wilson, K.  Autonomic thermoregulation. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2018. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264086.013.15.

Davis, S. L., Jay, O., & Wilson, T. E.  Thermoregulation in multiple sclerosis. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 157:701-714, 2018.

Kenny G. P., Wilson, T. E., Fujii, N., & Flouris, A.  Heat exhaustion. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 157:505-529, 2018.

Wilson, T. E.  Renal sympathetic nerve, blood flow, and epithelial transport responses to thermal stress. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 204: 25-34, 2017.

Metzler-Wilson, K. & Wilson, T. E.  Calcium regulation's impact on eccrine sweating and sweating disorders: the view from cells to glands to intact human skin. Experimental Physiology, 101: 345–346, 2016.

Schlader, Z. J., Wilson, T. E., Crandall, C. G.  Mechanisms of orthostatic intolerance during heat stress.  Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 196:37-46, 2016.

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