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Donna Janes

Instructional Associate Professor

Fax: 979-845-2891


319 HELD



Joined the Department in 2020

  • B.S. Microbiology, Texas A&M University
  • M.S. Chemistry & Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University
  • MS. Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois
  • Ph.D. Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois


  • 2012 Martin J. Neeb Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2004 James Heath Award for Excellence in Teaching Physiology

Educational Philosophy:

  • Students will have a natural bent towards some types of topics, but everyone has capacity to learn any topic with the right motivation and help.
  • My job is to help you to develop study skills and learn how to learn, distill down difficult information on a framework that makes it easier to understand, help motivate you, and to assess how much you know. Your job as a student is to put in a full effort and to see how far you can get using the techniques given, work on developing professional habits, and to stoke your own curiosity.

Most of what holds a student back is lack of good habits, fear of success, refusing to implement advice from a mentor, fear of asking for help, and not knowing how to make healthy boundaries with those taking up their time, or a combination of these. A good professor will offer you advice to overcome these obstacles throughout the course.

Hansen, J.P., Ren-Shiang Chen, Janice Larsen, Po-Ju Chu, Donna M. Janes, Karen E. Weiss, and Philip M. Best. Cardiac Calcium Channel g Subunits Differentially Inhibit Cav3.1 and Cav3.2 Current Expression and Exhibit Distinct Cellular Localization. J Mol. Cell Cardiol.37: 1147-1158, 2004.

Clark, W.A., Decker, M.L., Behnke-Barclay M., Janes D.M., and R.S. Decker. Cell contact as an independent factor modulating cardiac myocyte hypertrophy and survival in long-term primary culture. J Mol. Cell Cardiol. 30(1):139-155, 1998.

Decker, M.L., Janes D.J., Barclay, M.M., Harger, L., and R.S. Decker. Regulation of adult cardiocyte growth: effects of active and passive mechanical loading. Am. J Physiology. 272(6 Pt 2):H2902-H2918, 1997.

Decker, R.S., Cook, M.G., Behnke-Barclay, M.M., Janes, D.M., and W.A. Clark. Mechanical and neurohumoral regulation of cardiocyte growth. Annals. New York Acad. Science. 752: 168-186, 1995.