Rie Sasaki, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biomedical Science

Rie Sasaki


Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Physiology, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2007
  • BS, Physiological Science, University of California – Los Angeles, 2000


  • Assistant Professor of Biology: Lynchburg College, 2008-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Sports Medicine: Pepperdine University
  • Graduate Research Assistant: University of Missouri – Columbia

Teaching Areas

  • Introductory Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

Professional Interests/Research

  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Gender Physiology
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Microcirculation
  • Microvascular Adaptations to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Insulin Resistance
  • Regulation of Microvascular Permeability

Selected examples of my work:

  • Sasaki, R. and Huxley, V.H. 2007. Acute change in plasma estradiol by insulin in male rats. FASEB Journal 21(5):A488.
  • Sasaki, R., Whitt, S.P. and Huxley, V.H. 2006. Sex differences in microvascular flux response to high dose insulin. Journal of Vascular Research 43:63.
  • Sasaki, R., Whitt, S.P., Lucchese, S., Wenzel, J.W., and Huxley, V.H. 2006. Differential microvascular exchange function responses to high dose insulin with sex. FASEB Journal 20(4):A282.
  • Bingaman, S., Sasaki, R., Wenzel, J.W., and Whitt, S.P. 2006. Protein clearance in rat mesentery differs with sex and maturity in the presence of high insulin. FASEB Journal 20(4):A70.
  • Sasaki, R., Whitt, S.P., and Huxley, V.H. 2006. Permeability response of the rat mesenteric microvasculature to insulin. Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation 34(1-2):259-263.

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)
  • American Physiological Society
  • Microcirculatory Society