Lucinda Rankin, PhD 

Associate Professor, Educator Scholar Track, Physiology
Lucinda L Rankin, PhD
Biological Sciences West 000274
Research Interests

A majority of my focus is on course (as above), curriculum (PhysioWorks program) and program development (Physiology Honors Academy and Physiology Ambassadors). Together these are designed to optimize learning experiences, engagement opportunities and career  awareness among our majors. Ongoing assessment is essential to enable revision and maximal effectiveness of each. Sharing the outcomes and ideas with others at conferences, panel discussions or through consultation and publication provides additional avenues for further development and expansion of our Physiology educational programs.


  • 1973 BS Kinesiology - University of California
  • 1975 MS Kinesiology - University of California
  • 1987 PhD Physiology - University of Arizona
  • 1990 Post-doctoral Research Assoc., Dept. of Animal Sciences - University of Arizona
  • 1993 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, ARL Div. of Neurobiology - University of Arizona
  • Physiological Sciences Graduate Teaching Workshop (PS 697A & B)
  • Honors Preceptor Colloq (PSIO 391H)
  • Student Advisory Committee for PSIO Honors Academy Introduction to Honors Physiology (PSIO 295H) Current Topics in Physiology (PSIO 489)
  • Senior capstone course Senior Honors Thesis Seminar (PSIO 495H)
  • PhysioConnects A & B (PSIO 395A&B) and associated preceptors courses (PSIO 391/499)
  • Co-developed ‘Life of A Disease’ – High School course offered as a pilot through the Pima County JTED Health Care program and a local high school with plan to establish UA dual-credit offering anticipated 2023-24 school year.
  • Health Connectors: K-8 Literacy Project (as PSIO 499 for pilot; as of fall 2023) NURS 493 Approval Pending PSIO 225 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Issues, to be offered as General Education course – anticipated Spring 2024