Rudy M. Ortiz

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Associate Professor
School of Natural Sciences
Office
Phone 
209-228-2964
Location 
S&E 1 Bldg., RM 244
Lab
Location 
S&E 1 Bldg., RM 253
Research Interests 

Professor Ortiz's research focuses on the regulation of kidney function and metabolism in a variety of animal models, including seals and dolphins, with the intent that the data will have translative value to clinical medicine. These studies are conducted in collaboration with colleagues at:

  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

His lab — in conjunction with collaborators at Kagawa Medical University, SUNY Buffalo Medical School, and Tulane University HSC — investigate:

  • Role of aldosterone plays in exacerbating high blood pressure
  • Effects of aldosterone antagonism and hypercholesterolemia on renal sodium regulation

Professor Ortiz is also pursuing studies that address the link between diabetes and obesity with hypertension.

From an evolutionary perspective, he is interested in the physiological mechanisms marine-adapted vertebrates use to regulate water and electrolytes during a variety of altered environmental conditions, such as prolonged food deprivation or extended fresh water exposure.

Education 
  • Ph.D., 2001 — University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.S., 1994 — Texas A&M University
  • B.A., 1990 — Texas A&M University
Awards 
2010 - Independent Scientist Career, National Institutes of Health
2010 - New Investigator Award, American Physiological Society
2009 - Early Career Professional Service Award, American Physiological Society