Education and Training:

  • PhD, Physiology, Duke University (1991)
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Rice University (1986)
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Rice University (1983)


  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering, SUNY, University at Buffalo (2010-present)
  • Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, SUNY, University at Buffalo (2006-present)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, State University of New York at Buffalo (2000–2006)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine (1999–2000)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Program in Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University (1999)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Physiology, Allegheny Universiy of Health Sciences (1998–1999)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University (1991–1997)

Awards and Honors:

  • UB Exceptional Scholar, Sustained Achievement Award (2011)
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • NIH,NRSA Training Grant HL-07063-12
  • Whitaker Foundation Researcher
  • Proctor & Gamble, Alternatives to Animal Research Finalist
  • Established Investigator, American Heart Association
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association

Research Centers:

  • Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Molecular Recognition in Biological Systems and Bioinformatics

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • May 2011–April 2012
    Device to treat postpartum hemorrhage
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • August 2014
    Optimization of a prototype for an induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiac cybercyte to a beta testing unit.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • K+ Channel Inactivation and Antiarrhythmic Drug Action
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • N-terminal and beta-subunit modulation of cloned cardiac K+ channels
    American Heart Association
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • A Model of the Ferret Ventricular Action Potential
    Whitaker Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Cardiac pacemaker activity
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cardiac transient outward current
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Modulation of Ca2+ channels by dihydropyridines and Ca2+
    Role: Consultant

Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Bett GCL, Rasmusson RL. Fundamentals of Cellular Electrophysiology.. Springer. 2006.
  • Bett GC, Rasmussson RL. Models of Cardiac Ion Channels. Quantitative Cardiac Electrophysiology. 2002.
  • Rasmusson RL. Voltage-gated sodium and potassium channels. In: The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science 3rd edition.. John Wiley & Sons Inc., N.Y.. 2001.
  • Rasmusson RL, Liu S, Strauss HC. Pharmacology of K+ channels. In: Cardiac electrophysiology: from cell to bedside.. W.B. Saunders Co., Phila.. 1999.
  • Morales MJ, Rasmusson RL, Castellino RC, Crews AL, Zhang Y, Johnson LG, Lamson DR, Liu S, Comer MB, Strauss HC. A voltage-gated K+ channel ß -subunit cloned from ferret ventricle: Implications for cardiac K+ channel function. In: Potassium channels in normal and pathological conditions.. Leuven University Press, Belgium. 1995.
  • Rasmusson RL, Campbell DL, Qu Y, Strauss HC. Conformation dependent drug binding to cardiac potassium channels. Ion channels in the cardiovascular system.. Futura, N.Y.. 1994.
  • Campbell DL, Rasmusson RL, Comer MB, Strauss HC. The cardiac calcium-independent transient outward potassium current: Kinetics, molecular properties and possible role in ventricular repolarization. In: Cardiac electrophysiology: from cell to bedside.. W.B. Saunders Co., Phila.. 1994.
  • Campbell DL, Rasmusson RL, Strauss HC. Electrophysiology and pharmacology of the heart: A clinical guide.. Marcel Dekker, Inc. Pub., N.Y.. 1991.
  • Shen WK, Hill JA, Rasmusson RL, Strauss HC. Reconstitution of the K channel of cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum. Prog Clin Biol Res. 1990; 334.

Professional Memberships:

  • Biophysical Society
  • Physiological Society
  • IEEE
  • AHA Basic Sciences Council
  • American Physiological Society

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