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Picture of Christopher C. Barney Christopher C. Barney The T. Elliott Weier Professor of Biology


  • Ph.D. Physiology, June 1977, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Dissertation - The Role of Prostaglandins in Temperature Regulation in the Rhesus Monkey
  • B.S. Biology, June 1973, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors
  • 2002 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Undergraduate Research - The Histology of the Pituitary Gland in the Newt

Research Interests

In general, my research is in the broad area of regulatory physiology. For the past 18 years, my lab has focused on the phenomena of thermal dehydration-induced thirst, which represents an interaction between the thermoregulatory and water balance systems. Current studies in my laboratory are focused on how heat acclimation alters water balance and temperature regulation in rats. Recently we have also been investigating the role of angiotensin II in the regulation of metabolic rate and body temperature. In addition to these projects, I have research collaborations with Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin on the role of VACM-1 in cardiovascular and renal function and with Dr. Gregory Fraley on the effects of GALP on metabolic rate. Most recently, I have begun a research collaboration with Dr. Leah Chase on the effects of the neurotoxins QUIS and ODAP on hippocampal neurotoxin/glutamate exchange using microdialysis and the effects of these neurotoxins on cells expressing the transporter System xc-. Other collaborations include working with Dr. Mary Inman on the cardiovascular effects of potentially racist social situations and working with Dr. Cathy Mader, Dr. Kathy Winnett-Murray, and Ms. Lori Hertel on the impact of an investigative interdisciplinary case study on the eye on student learning.

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After obtaining my Ph.D., I spent three years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Florida Medical School.

I began at Hope College in 1980, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1986 and to Professor in 1992. I served as the chairperson of the Department of Biology from 1996-2001 and was appointed the T. Elliot Weier Professor of Biology in 2001. I have also had visiting faculty status in the Department of Pharmacodynamics at the University of Florida were I spent one summer and one sabbatical leave.

I served as the Hope College Faculty Moderator from 1990-992, on the Hope College Board of Trustees from 1996-2000 and have served on over 30 Hope College Boards, Committees and Task Forces. I have served as the Director or Co-Director of the Department of Biology's summer research program thirteen times and am currently the Director of Hope College's HHMI program. I have served as a grant reviewer for NSF ILI, REU, CCLI, S-STEM and Graduate Fellowship programs and an organizer of two NSF Biology REU Site Directors Meetings. I serve as a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology, Physiology and Behavior, and other journals. I have been an invited speaker at PKAL meetings and have served as a PKAL/Keck Consultant. I have also served as a member of the American Physiological Society's Education Committee and Wellcome Professorships Selection Committee.


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1975-Present
  • American Physiological Society, 1980-Present
    • Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section
    • Teaching of Physiology Section
    • Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section
  • Council on Undergraduate Research, 1988-Present
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 1979-Present

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Contact Details

Phone: 616-395-7710
Fax: 616-395-7125
E-mail: barney@hope.edu
Office: SC 3057

Office Hours

Please e-mail Dr. Barney for an appointment