Dr. Gary Sieck is the Dean for Research, Academic Affairs and Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is also the Program Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program in the Mayo Graduate School.
A Nebraska native, he received a BS in Zoology and Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics (1976) from the University of Nebraska. He completed postdoctoral training at UCLA (1976-1980) before joining the faculty at the City of Hope National Medical Center and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at UCLA. In 1987, he moved to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, and in 1990, he joined Mayo Clinic.
He has served as thesis advisor for 16 Ph.D. students and as a member of numerous Ph.D. thesis committees. He has mentored 51 postdoctoral fellows and 19 visiting scientists as well as numerous undergraduate and high school students. He received the Mayo Research Educator Award from 2001 to 2004 and the Dean's Recognition Award in 2006. In 2007, he was recognized as a Mayo Distinguished Investigator.
Outside of Mayo, he serves as president of the American Physiological Society and president-elect of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society, and the National Council of the American Lung Association. He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology and currently serves as a member of several editorial boards. He is a member of the Physiology and Pathobiology of Cardiopulmonary Disease Study Section at NIH. In the past, he was a member of several other NIH study sections including Respiratory and Applied Physiology (RAP), Integrative Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience (IFCN-5), Sensory Motor Integration (SMI), and Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH, chair). He was also a member of the Veterans Administration Merit Review Board for Respiration.
Dr. Sieck's research focuses on neuromuscular physiology. In skeletal muscle he has explored neuromuscular plasticity related to spinal cord injury and muscle weakness associated intensive care, age-related sarcopenia, etc. In airway smooth muscle, he has examined abnormalities in intracellular calcium regulation and excitation-coupling associated with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In all these areas, he has been well funded by multiple grants from the NIH.