Headshot photo of Beth A. Habecker, Ph.D.

Beth A. Habecker, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • M.D./Ph.D. Program Committee, School of Medicine


Dr. Habecker received her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and carried out postdoctoral training in Neuroscience with Dr. Story Landis at Case Western Reserve University and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The current focus of her laboratory is on sympathetic neuron-target interactions after injury, with a particular focus myocardial infarction and the changes that occur in sympathetic nerves within the heart after MI. Her lab has identified mechanisms involved in axon degeneration, axon sprouting/ regeneration, and alterations in neurotransmitter and peptide production.  They have also connected changes in cardiac nerves to altered arrhythmia susceptibility and cardiac function.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1987, Spring Arbor University
    • Ph.D., 1992, University of Washington

Areas of interest

  • Autonomic neuron plasticity
  • Neurotransmitter/receptor expression



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