2021-22 MPS President Jennifer Vranish, PhD

Welcome to the Michigan Physiological Society (MPS) website!

As an officially sanctioned state chapter of the American Physiological Society, our mission is to “enhance and advance the field of physiology and unite physiologists within the state of Michigan.”  I moved back to my home state of Michigan after my graduate and postdoctoral training, and was pleased to join the MPS Executive Committee in the role of secretary.  I’m now honored to lead the Executive Committee this year in our continued efforts of the MPS mission, with a particular emphasis on supporting our trainee membership.  Indeed, one of my favorite characteristics of our society is how trainee-centric we are, and as I attended my first MPS annual meeting, I was excited to see that the majority of the presenters and session moderators were undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows.  This will be a continued focus, but we also offer several benefits for our members from trainee-status to Emeritus faculty and everyone in between.  Through our website and social media outlets, our members have the ability to advertise and search for job postings or research participant opportunities.  In addition, our annual meeting draws together trainees and faculty, representing more than 10 different colleges and universities from across the state, as well as K-12 educators.  In the coming years, we hope to broaden our reach to include participation from more of our K-12, community college, and four-year institutions throughout Michigan.  Further, our society is a great way for educators and researchers alike to come together to discuss what’s new in physiology in terms of pedagogy, research, and professional development.  We also hope our annual meeting and regular communication will provide networking and collaboration opportunities for all of Michigan’s Physiologists.

If you haven’t already, please consider joining our membership.  In addition, you can opt-in to our email listserv to receive society and meeting updates, and be sure to check back on our website often to get the latest MPS information. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or other members of the Executive Committee with any questions or feedback, and I hope to see you at our 9th annual meeting in the Summer of 2022!



Jennie Vranish, PhD
Integrative Physiology & Health Science, Alma College
President, Michigan Physiological Society