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Kathryn Johnson

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Beloit College

(608) 363-2429

700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511

Office: Science Center 333


Ph.D. – Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt University
B.S. – Chemistry, Beloit College

Curriculum Vitae

I am a physiologist, specializing in human and animal physiology.  My academic interests include how diabetes and obesity change the way the body functions.  My research focuses on the physiological mechanisms of novel diabetes therapies.  Student involvement is essential for my research, and I am always interested in talking to potential student researchers.  I am also an avid sports fan, and you will often find me in the gym or on the field participating or volunteering, and, of course, supporting Buccaneer athletics. When the weather is nice, you might find me on horseback in a local dressage ring.

Courses Taught

BIOL 110: Human Biology
BIOL 111: Zoology
BIOL 291: Scientists in Society
BIOL 340: Neurobiology
BIOL 357: Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL 385: Human Pathophysiology
IDST 210: Nutrition to Nuclear Power

Selected Publications
* indicates mentored trainees

Johnson, K.M.S. and *Lownik, J.C. Ipragliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Thomson Reuters Cortellis, 2012.

Johnson, K.M.S. and *Schurr, K. Sitagliptin: A DPP-4 inhibitor for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Clinical Medical Insights: Therapeutics. 3:81-92, 2011.

Johnson, K.M.S., Farmer, T., *Schurr, K., Donahue, E.P., Farmer, B., Neal, D., and Cherrington, A.D.  Endogenously released GLP-1 is not sufficient to alter postprandial glucose regulation in the dog.  Endocrine. 39(3):229-34, 2011.

Johnson, K.M.S. Dutogliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Curr Opin Investig Drugs. 11(4):455-63, 2010.

Edgerton, D.S., Johnson, K.M.S., Cherrington, A.D. Current strategies for the inhibition of hepatic glucose production. Front Biosci. 1(14): 1169-81, 2009.

Johnson, K.M.S., Edgerton, D.S., Rodewald, T., Scott, M, Farmer, B., Neal, D., Cherrington, A.D. Intraportally Delivered GLP-1, in the Presence of Hyperglycemia Induced via Peripheral Glucose Infusion, Does Not Change Whole Body Glucose Utilization. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 294(2):E380-4, 2008.

Johnson, K.M.S, Edgerton, D.S., Rodewald, T., Scott, M., Farmer, B., Neal, D., Cherrington, A.D.  Intraportal GLP-1 infusion increases nonhepatic glucose utilization without changing pancreatic hormone levels. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 293(4):E1085-91, 2007.

Selected Recent Presentations

*Dautermann, V.M. and Johnson, K.M.S.  Previous day’s exercise does not affect indicators of physiological stress measured during practice in male collegiate soccer players. Poster. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, April 21-25, 2012. Published Abstract: FASEB J. 2012. 25:1142.45

*Schork, P.R. and Johnson, K.M.S. Duration of fast alters fasting glucose levels, response to oral glucose load, and weight in the mouse. Poster. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, April 21-25, 2012. Published Abstract: FASEB J. 2012. 25:869.23

*Schork, P.R. and Johnson, K.M.S. Elementary PhUn Fair: Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Teach Physiology in the High School Classroom and the Community. Poster. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, April 21-25, 2012.

Johnson, K.M.S. Using a visiting assistant professorship to launch a professional career. Invited Talk. Experimental Biology, Washington, D.C., April 9-13, 2011.

*Schurr, K., Edgerton, D.S., Farmer, T., Neal, D., Cherrington, A.D., and Johnson, K.M.S. Elucidating the mechanism of glucagon-like peptide-1 for glucose utilization during periods of fasting. Poster. Experimental Biology, Washington, D.C., April 9-13, 2011. Published Abstract: FASEB J. 2011. 24:1095.18

Johnson, K.M.S. Collaboration in the classroom: Integrating fundamental physiological concepts through experimental design and disease. Invited Talk and Poster.  Experimental Biology, Anaheim, CA, April 24-28, 2010.  Published Abstract: FASEB J. 2010. 24:445.9

Johnson, K.M.S. and Fass, M.F. Integration of classroom activities teaches content while encouraging application of knowledge to real world situations.  Poster.  Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Summer Institute, Chicago, IL, August 6-11, 2009.

Johnson, K.M.S. and Fass, M.F. Teaching undergraduate introductory biology in a workshop format results in high student retention and academic performance.  Poster.  Experimental Biology, New Orleans, LA, April 18-22, 2009.  Published Abstract: FASEB J. 2009. 23:632.12

Johnson, K.M.S., Rodewald, T., Donahue, E.P., Farmer, B., Neal, D., Hajizadeh, S., Snead, W., Ramananan, C.J., and Cherrington, A.D. Endogenously released glucagon-like peptide-1 limits glycemia after a meal in healthy and insulin resistant dogs.  Abstract selected for oral presentation.  American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, San Francisco, CA, June 6-10, 2008.  Published Abstract: Diabetes. 57 (Suppl 1):A57, 2008 or online as abstract number 193-OR.


The American Physiological Society Frontiers in Physiology Teacher Fellow Research Host, 2011

The American Physiological Society Teaching Section Research Recognition Award, 2010

Vanderbilt University Molecular Endocrinology Training Grant,
2003 – 2005

Vanderbilt University Academic Scholarship – full tuition,
2002 – 2008

John H. Nair Award in Chemistry, Beloit College, 2002

Ferwerda Science Scholarship, Beloit College, 2001

Academic All-Conference, Beloit College Women’s Basketball,
2000, 2001, 2002

Joseph P. Collie Scholarship for merit, Beloit College, 1998 – 2002