Michael E. Duffey PhD

Michael Duffey

Michael E. Duffey

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics; Professor of Medicine

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Electrophysiology; Gastroenterology; Ion channel kinetics and structure; Ion Transport; Membrane Transport (Ion Transport); Molecular and Cellular Biology; Molecular Basis of Disease

Contact Information
4154 JSMBS
955 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 829-3111

Professional Summary:

Research in my laboratory concerns neurotransmitter and hormone-mediated anion (Cl- and HCO3-) secretion in the gastrointestinal system and airway, especially by the epithelium of the intestine and airway and by liver and pancreatic ducts. Of special interest are K+ channels in the basolateral cell membrane of these secretory cells that play a critical role in secretion by maintaining membrane potential as a driving force for anion exit across the apical cell membrane. We use electrophysiological techniques, like transepithelial voltage-clamp and whole-cell and single channel patch-clamp techniques, to characterize membrane ion channels. We also use intracellular fluorescence techniques (e.g., Fura-2) to determine the mechanisms by which neurotransmitters and hormones regulate ion channels via signal transduction pathways. Results of our studies will lead to understanding of normal anion secretion and will help develop remedies for defects in secretion, especially in diseases like secretory diarrhea and cystic fibrosis.

I am also collaborating with Dr. Mark Parker to understand the role of a membrane transport protein encoded by SLC4A11 in endothelial cells of the cornea of the eye. Corneal endothelial cells pump fluid out of the stroma into the aqueous humor to maintain critical corneal transparency. We believe that the SLC4A11 protein is an H+ channel and are using electrophysiological techniques to characterize its properties.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Bioengineering, Carnegie-Mellon University (1977)
  • MS, Bioengineering, Carnegie-Mellon University (1969)
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa (1968)


  • Director of Graduate Studies for Physiology, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2001-present)
  • Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2001-present)
  • Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1993-present)
  • Visiting Professor, Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City Iowa (2022)
  • Visiting Scholar, Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (1998)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1979)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1977–1979)
  • Clinical Biomedical Engineer (USAF Officer), Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. (1971–1973)
  • Civil Engineer (USAF Officer), 809th Combat Support Group, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. (1970–1971)
  • Teaching Fellow, Physiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (1968)

Awards and Honors:

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • February 2018–September 2028
    Investigating the Action and Physiological Role of Slc4a11 in the Cornea
    NIH National Eye Institute
    Role: Co-Investigator

Journal Articles:

  • Rehman T, Karp PH, Thurman AL, Mather SE, Jain A, Cooney AL, Sinn PL, Pezzulo AA, Duffey ME, Welsh MJ. (2022) WNK Inhibition Increases Surface Liquid pH and Host Defense in Cystic Fibrosis Airway Epithelia. American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology (Oct), 67(4): 491-502. doi:10.1165/rcmb.2022-0172OC
  • Alsufayan TA, Myers EJ, Quade BN, Brady CT, Marshall A, Haque N, Duffey ME, Parker MD. (2021) Revisiting the Role of Ser982 Phosphorylation in Stoichiometry Shift of the Electrogenic Na+/qHCO3- Cotransporter NBCe1. International journal of molecular sciences (Nov), 22(23). doi:10.3390/ijms222312817
  • Rehman T, Karp PH, Tan P, Goodell BJ, Pezzulo AA, Thurman AL, Thornell IM, Durfey SL, Duffey ME, Stoltz DA, McKone EF, Singh PK, Welsh MJ. (2021) Inflammatory cytokines TNF-a and IL-17 enhance the efficacy of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulators. The Journal of clinical investigation (Aug), 131(16). doi:10.1172/JCI150398
  • Rehman T, Thornell IM, Pezzulo AA, Thurman AL, Romano Ibarra GS, Karp PH, Tan P, Duffey ME, Welsh MJ. (2020) TNFa and IL-17 alkalinize airway surface liquid through CFTR and pendrin. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol (Aug), 319(2): 331-344.
  • Dudley CE, Morell AJ, Duffey ME, Patel SP. (2019) Effects of amantadine on corneal endothelium. Exp Eye Res (Jan), 181: 208-212.
  • Gururaj S, Palmer EE, Sheehan GD, Kandula T, Macintosh R, Ying K, Morris P, Tao J, Dias KR, Zhu Y, Dinger ME, Cowley MJ, Kirk EP, Roscioli T, Sachdev R, Duffey ME, Bye A, Bhattacharjee A. (2017) A De Novo Mutation in the Sodium-Activated Potassium Channel KCNT2 Alters Ion Selectivity and Causes Epileptic Encephalopathy. Cell Rep (Oct), 21(4): 926-933.
  • Malikowski TM, Bosch JB, Min S, Duffey ME, Patel SP. (2014) Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors in corneal endothelial transport. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci (Apr), 55(4): 2652-2658.
  • McCall AD, Nelson JW, Leigh NJ, Duffey ME, Lei P, Andreadis ST, Baker OJ. (2013) Growth Factors Polymerized Within Fibrin Hydrogel Promote Amylase Production in Parotid Cells. Tissue Eng Part A (May).
  • Clementi EA, Marks LR, Duffey ME, Hakansson AP, Hakansson A. (2012) A Novel Initiation Mechanism of Death in Streptococcus pneumoniae Induced by the Human Milk Protein-Lipid Complex HAMLET and Activated during Physiological Death. J Biol Chem (Aug), 287(32): 27168-27182.
  • Bett GC, Lis A, Wersinger SR, Baizer JS, Duffey ME, Rasmusson RL. (2012) A Mouse Model of Timothy Syndrome: a Complex Autistic Disorder Resulting from a Point Mutation in Cav1.2. N Am J Med Sci (Boston) (Jul), 5(3): 135-140.
  • Odusanwo O, Chinthamani S, McCall A, Duffey ME, Baker OJ. (2012) Resolvin D1 prevents TNF-a-mediated disruption of salivary epithelial formation. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol (May), 302(9): 1331-1345.
  • Bett GC, Morales MJ, Beahm DL, Duffey ME, Rasmusson R. (2006) Ancillary subunits and stimulation frequency determine the potency of chromanol 293B block of the KCNQ1 potassium channel. J Physiol (Nov), 576(Pt 3): 755-767.
  • Crane JK, Choudhari SS, Naeher TM, Duffey ME. (2006) Mutual enhancement of virulence by enterotoxigenic and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli. Infect Immun (Mar), 74(3): 1505-1515.
  • Zhu Y, Hua P, Rafiq S, Waffner EJ, Duffey ME, Lance P. (2002) Ca2+- and PKC-dependent stimulation of PGE2 synthesis by deoxycholic acid in human colonic fibroblasts. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol (Sep), 283(3): 503-510.
  • Crane JK, Olson RA, Jones HM, Duffey ME. (2002) Release of ATP during host cell killing by enteropathogenic E. coli and its role as a secretory mediator. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol (Jul), 283(1): 74-86.
  • Izu LT, McCulle SL, Ferreri-Jacobia MT, Devor DC, Duffey ME. (2002) Vasoactive intestinal peptide-stimulated Cl- secretion: activation of cAMP-dependent K+ channels. J Membr Biol (Apr), 186(3): 145-157.
  • Cliff WH, Duffey ME, Packianathan N. (1998) Acetylcholine-activated chloride current in the T-84 colonic cell line. Pflugers Arch-European Journal of Physiology (Jun), 436(1): 90-94.
  • Li M, Vemulapalli R, Ullah A, Izu L, Duffey ME, Lance P. (1998) Downregulation of a human colonic sialyltransferase by a secondary bile acid and a phorbol ester. Am J Physiol (Mar), 274(3 Pt): 599-606.
  • Izu L, Li M, DeMuro R, Duffey ME. (1997) G proteins activate ionic conductances at multiple sites in T84 cells. Am J Physiol (Apr), 272(4 Pt): 1222-1231.
  • Devor DC, Sekar MC, Frizzell RA, Duffey ME. (1993) Taurodeoxycholate activates potassium and chloride conductances via an IP3-mediated release of calcium from intracellular stores in a colonic cell line (T84). J Clin Invest (Nov), 92(5): 2173-2181.
  • Devor DC, Duffey ME. (1992) Carbachol induces K+, Cl-, and nonselective cation conductances in T84 cells: a perforated patch-clamp study. Am J Physiol (Oct), 263(4 Pt): 780-787.
  • Heitlinger LA, Sloan HR, DeVore DR, Lee PC, Lebenthal E, Duffey ME. (1992) Transport of glucose polymer-derived glucose by rabbit jejunum. Gastroenterology (Feb), 102(2): 443-447.
  • Devor DC, Ahmed Z, Duffey ME. (1991) Cholinergic stimulation produces oscillations of cytosolic Ca2+ in a secretory epithelial cell line, T84. Am J Physiol (Mar), 260(3 Pt): 598-608.
  • Li M, Hong SK, Goldinger JM, Duffey ME. (1990) Interaction of heptanol and pressure on sodium and chloride transport by toad skin. J Appl Physiol (Nov), 69(5): 1883-1892.
  • Duffey ME, Devor DC, Ahmed Z, Simasko SM. (1990) Characterization of a membrane potassium ion conductance in intestinal secretory cells using whole cell patch-clamp and calcium ion-sensitive dye techniques. Methods Enzymol (Apr), 192: 309-324.
  • Devor DC, Simasko SM, Duffey ME. (1990) Carbachol induces oscillations of membrane potassium conductance in a colonic cell line, T84. Am J Physiol (Feb), 258(2 Pt): 318-326.
  • Duffey ME, Devor DC. (1990) Intracellular pH and membrane potassium conductance in rabbit distal colon. Am J Physiol (Feb), 258(2 Pt): 336-343.
  • Park CC, Park JS, Goldinger JM, Duffey ME, Morin R, Hong SK. (1990) Hyperbaric oxygen effect on active Na+ transport across isolated toad skin. Undersea Biomed Res (Jan), 17(1): 23-32.
  • Matalon S, Beckman JS, Duffey ME, Freeman BA. (1989) Oxidant inhibition of epithelial active sodium transport. Free Radic Biol Med (Jul), 6(6): 557-564.
  • Duffey ME, Kelepouris E, Peterson-Yantorno K, Civan MM. (1986) Microelectrode study of intracellular pH in frog skin: dependence on serosal chloride. Am J Physiol (Sep), 251(3 Pt): 468-474.
  • Ferriola PC, Acara MA, Duffey ME. (1986) Thiazide diuretics inhibit chloride absorption by rabbit distal colon. J Pharmacol Exp Ther (Sep), 238(3): 912-915.
  • Goldinger JM, Duffey ME, Morin RA, Hong SK. (1986) Ionic basis of short-circuit current in toad skin at high hydrostatic pressure. Undersea Biomed Res (Sep), 13(3): 361-367.
  • Horvath PJ, Ferriola PC, Weiser MM, Duffey ME. (1986) Localization of chloride secretion in rabbit colon: inhibition by anthracene-9-carboxylic acid. Am J Physiol (Feb), 250(2 Pt): 185-190.
  • Duffey ME. (1984) Intracellular pH and bicarbonate activities in rabbit colon. Am J Physiol (May), 246(5 Pt): 558-561.
  • Hong SK, Duffey ME, Goldinger JM. (1984) Effect of high hydrostatic pressure on sodium transport across toad skin. Undersea Biomed Res (Mar), 11(1): 37-47.
  • Palant CE, Duffey ME, Mookerjee BK, Ho S, Bentzel CJ. (1983) Ca2+ regulation of tight-junction permeability and structure in Necturus gallbladder. Am J Physiol (Sep), 245(3): 203-212.
  • Goldinger JM, Duffey ME, Hong SK. (1983) Triphenylmethylphosphonium (TPMP+) as a probe for peritubular membrane potential in the kidney slice. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med (Jun), 173(2): 281-287.
  • Duffey ME, Hainau B, Ho S, Bentzel CJ. (1981) Regulation of epithelial tight junction permeability by cyclic AMP. Nature (Dec), 294(5840): 451-453.
  • Frizzell RA, Duffey ME. (1980) Chloride activities in epithelia. Fed Proc (Sep), 39(11): 2860-2864.
  • Duffey ME, Thompson SM, Frizzell RA, Schultz SG. (1979) Intracellular chloride activities and active chloride absorption in the intestinal epithelium of the winter flounder. J Membr Biol (Nov), 50(3-4): 331-341.
  • Duffey ME, Turnheim K, Frizzell RA, Schultz SG. (1978) Intracellular chloride activities in rabbit gallbladder: direct evidence for the role of the sodium-gradient in energizing ‘uphill‘ chloride transport. J Membr Biol (Sep), 42(3): 229-245.
  • Duffey ME Evans, Fennel D. Cussler, E.L. (1978) Simultaneous diffusion of ions and ion pairs across liquid membranes. Journal of Membrane Science (Jan), 3: 1-14.
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  • Bett GC, Duffey ME, Rasumsson RL. (2005) Ancillary Subunits Determine the Affinity and use-Dependence of Chromanol 293B for KCNQ1. Biophys J, (Jan)
  • Bett GC, Duffey ME, Beahm Dl, Katzer M, Morales MJ, Rasmusson RL. (2005) Ancillary subunits modulate block of KCNQ1 channels by chromanol and Ba2+. Proceedings of the 35th Meeting of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, (Jan)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Gastroenterological Association (1990–present)
  • Biophysical Society (1987–present)
  • Society of General Physiologists (1979–present)
  • American Physiological Society (1979–present)
  • Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (1978–present)

Service Activities:

  • UB Faculty Senate; Member (2021–present)
  • Medical Student Progress Committee; Chair (2017–present)
  • Faculty Council of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Member (2009–present)
  • Suk Ki Hong Memorial Symposium Committee; Committee (2005–present)
  • Student Affairs and Academic Standing Committee; Chair (2004–present)
  • Phase 1 Committee for Undergraduate Medical Education (2001–present)
  • Guide continued curriculum development and implementation as a member of the Phase I Committee for Undergraduate Medical Education; Curriculum Development (2001–present)
  • Coordinate and continue develop the Gastrointestinal Systems module IMC 510; Curriculum Development (2001–present)
  • Graduate Studies for Physiology; Director (2001–present)
  • Develop and revise the graduate programs in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics as Director of Graduate Studies for Physiology; Graduate Curriculum (2001–present)
  • Graduate Affairs Committee; Committee (1991–present)

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Contact Information

4154 JSMBS
955 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 829-3111