Bryan Rourke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Office: MLSC 225, Phone: 562-985-5594
Email: bryan.rourke @

  • Biology 342L - Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
  • Biology 342 - Human/Mammalian Physiology
  • Biology 442/542 - Limits Physiology
  • Biology 207 Human Physiology

  • Aoi M and Rourke BC “Interspecific and intragenic differences in codon usage bias among vertebrate myosin heavy-chain genes.” J Molecular Evolution 2011 (in press)

  • Nowell MM, Choi H and Rourke BC “Muscle plasticity in hibernating ground squirrels (Spermophilus lateralis) is induced by seasonal, but not low-temperature, mechanisms” J. of Comparative Physiology B 2010 Volume 181, Number 1, 147-164.

  • Barrows ND, Nelson OL, Robbins CT and Rourke BC “Increased Cardiac Alpha-Myosin Heavy Chain in Left Atria and Decreased Myocardial Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF-I) Expression Accompany Low Heart Rate in Hibernating Grizzly Bears” Physiol and Biochem Zool Vol. 84, No. 1 (January/February 2011), pp. 1-17

  • Meyer CW, Willershäuser M, Jastroch M, Rourke BC, Fromme T, Oelkrug R, Heldmaier G, and Klingenspor M. “Adaptive thermogenesis and thermal conductance in wild-type and UCP1-KO mice” AJP - Regu Physiol November 2010 vol. 299 no. 5 R1396-R1406

  • Choi H, Selpides P, Nowell M, and Rourke BC. “Functional overload in ground squirrel plantaris muscle does not mimic hibernation-related changes in myosin isoforms.” American Journal of Physiology - Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2009; 297: R578-R586.

  • Eme J, Owerkowicz T, Gwalthney J, Blank JM, Rourke BC, Hicks JW. “Exhaustive exercise training enhances aerobic capacity in American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).” Journal of Comparative Physiology B 2009 Volume 179, Number 8, 921-931

  • Rourke BC. “Myosin isoform dynamics in muscles of hibernating mammal species: lessons and opportunities” in Lovegrove, B.G. & McKechnie, A.E. (eds) Hypometabolism in animals: hibernation, torpor and cryobiology. 2008

  • Rourke BC, Cotton CJ, Harlow HJ, Caiozzo VJ. Maintenance of slow type I myosin protein and mRNA expression in overwintering prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus and ludovicianus) and black bears (Ursus americanus). Journal of Comparative Physiology [B]. 2006; 176(7):709-20.

  • Astarita, G., B.C. Rourke, J.B. Andersen, J. Fu, J.H. Kim, A.F. Bennett, J.W. Hicks, D. Piomelli. Postprandial increase of oleoylethanolamide mobilization in small intestine of the Burmese python (Python molurus). Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol (2005) pdf

  •  Andersen, J.B., Rourke, B.C., Caiozzo, V.J., Bennett, A., and Hicks, J.W. Rapid cardiac hypertrophy resulting from postprandial metabolism. Nature. (2005). pdf

  •  Rourke B.C., Y. Yokoyama, W.K. Milsom and Caiozzo VJ. Myosin isoform expression and MAFbx mRNA levels in hibernating golden-mantled ground squirrels (Spermophilus lateralis). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 77:4, 582-593 . (2004a). pdf

  •  Rourke B.C., A. Qin, F. Haddad, K.M. Baldwin, and V.J. Caiozzo. Cloning and sequencing of myosin heavy chain isoform cDNAs in golden-mantled ground squirrels (Spermophilus lateralis): Effects of torpor on mRNA expression. Journal of Applied Physiology 97: 1985-1991. (2004b). pdf

  •  Caiozzo, V.J. and B.C. Rourke. Muscle Physiology. Chapter in Graduate Text in Exercise Physiology, Editor: Charles Tipton, Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2004).

  •  Caiozzo, V.J., A. Utkan, R. Chou, A. Khalafi, H. Chandra, M. Baker, B. Rourke, G. Adams, K. Baldwin, and S. Green. Effects of distraction on muscle length: Mechanisms involved in sarcomerogenesis. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 403S, S133 -S145. (2002).

  •  Rourke, B.C. Geographic and altitudinal variation in water balance and metabolic rate in the grasshopper, Melanoplus sanguinipes. The Journal of Experimental Biology 203, 2699-2712. (2000). pdf

  •  Rourke, B. C. and Gibbs, A. G. Effects of lipid phase transitions on cuticular permeability: model membrane and in situ studies. The Journal of Experimental Biology 202, 3255-3262. (1999). pdf