David M. Baekey, PhD

David M. Baekey, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiological Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

Research InterestsCenter for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
Dr. Baekey’s research involves the neural control of respiratory and cardiovascular function with an emphasis on the implications to human disease and injury. While coordinated activity between these systems is essential to maintain homeostasis, the neural substrate for this coordination has not been adequately defined. By monitoring many single neurons (multielectrode recording) in the spinal cord and brainstem, associating these signals with efferent nerve activity, and perturbing the model with appropriate stimulation, the components of these integrated systems can be electrophysiologically phenotyped and functional connectivity can be inferred.. Previous work has focused on airway defensive reflexes altering distributed brainstem neural networks involved in respiratory control. Present projects are focused on the coordination between respiration and sympathetic outflow. Unique methods include ensemble recordings (multi-electrode extracellular array) of in vivo and in situ preparations and computer simulations of neural networks inferred from collected data.

Degrees and Training

  • BS in Zoology, University of Florida
  • PhD in Medicine/Physiology, University of South Florida
  • Postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH