Phillip D. Bell, Ph.D.
DCI Professor of Medicine
Phillip Darwin Bell, Ph.D. is the Research Endowed Chair in the Division of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Bell is a graduate of Milsaps College in Jackson, MS, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He joined the facaulty at UAB in 1980 and rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine and Physiology in 1997 and was appointed the Thomas E. Andreoli Professor of Medicine in 2003. He joined the faculty of MUSC in 2006 as the Diector of Renal Research for the Division of Nephrology. He holds joint appointments in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MUSC) and the Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University College of Engineering and Science. IN 2008 he was appointed as a Research Health Specialist, Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. In 2010 Dr. Bell was assume the position of Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine and was appointed in 2011 to Vice Chair for Research. Dr. Bell is head to the Renal Biology Laboratory. His research interests are in the area of regulation of renal hemodynamics and the role of macular densa cells in controlling glomerular function. His laboratory is also intensely focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that cause polycystic kidney disease. He has published over 125 research articles, reviews, and book chapters. HE has served as a permanent member of both the NIH CMBK study section andthe Renal VA Merit Review Committee. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of Kidney International and AJP: Renal Physiol. He currently is an Associate Editor for AJP: Renal Physiol. He previously was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. Dr. Bell has also served on several committees of the American Physiological Society (APS) including secretary of the renal section, joint programming committee, and was chair of the conference committee. He previously served as Director of the medical study physiology course at UAB and has lectured in many medical and graduate student courses. He has mentored graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. He is a member of the APS, American and International Societies of Nephrology, the American Heart Association, and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. His work has been recognized both nationally and internationally and Dr. Bell has been an invited speaker at various universities and scientific meetings. In 2010 he received the prestigious Gottschalk Award from the American Physiological Society.
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