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Dr. Gdovin

Matthew Gdovin is a professor of physiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. After receiving his Ph.D. in physiology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, he moved on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine in Canada, where he developed a novel model to study the developmental neural control of respiration.

In 1997, Gdovin returned to UTSA as an assistant professor of physiology. During his time at UTSA, Gdovin has become an accomplished teacher, mentor, and advocate for the advancement of poor and underserved students in the sciences.

Gdovin has received 10 teaching awards, including the Sloan Foundation’s "Faculty Mentor of the Year" in 2007, and The University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013. Gdovin is a reviewer for five journals, including the Journal of Applied Physiology and Respiration Physiology; he also reviews grant applications for the Ford Foundation Fellowships, as well as the NIH and NSF.

Since his return to Texas in 1997, the NIH has awarded Gdovin over three million dollars to advance knowledge in the field of physiology, respiratory control, and neurobiology. Gdovin has focused on understanding the neural development of respiration, with an emphasis on CO2 detection.

Gdovin’s research currently encompasses a plethora of scientific fields. His research in the developmental neural control of respiration is focused on furthering the understanding of neurological respiratory disease. In order to study respiration, his laboratory utilizes a technique to focally manipulate cellular pH in neurons. Simultaneous to the respiratory research, Gdovin has also developed the pH manipulation technique as a cancer therapeutic.