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Joe Angleson

Associate Professor; Chair, Biological Sciences

What I do

I am chair of the Department of Biological Science. I conduct research in the cell biology and physiology of endocrine cells. I teach cell biology courses at different levels across our curricula.

Professional Biography

- 1990 B.S., Biology / Chemistry - Union College - Schenectady, NY

- 1995 Ph.D., Biochemistry - Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, TX

- 1995-1998 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Physiology and Biophysics - Univ of Colo School of Medicine - Denver, CO

- 1999 Instructor, Dept of Physiology and Biophysics and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Denver CO


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, 1995
  • BS, Biology/Chemistry, Union College, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • Biophysical Society

Key Projects

  • Control of glucagon secretion by MC4R

Featured Publications

Reinick, C. (2012). Identification of an MRAP-independent melanocortin-2 receptor: functional expression of the cartilaginous fish, Callorhinchus milii, melanocortin-2 receptor in CHO cells. . Endocrinology, 153, 4757-4765.
Liang, L., Schmid, K., Sandhu, N., Angleson, J. K., Vijayan, M. M., & Dores, R. M. (2015). Structure/function studies on the activation of the rainbow trout melanocortin-2 receptor. General and Comparative Endocrinology. No.
Liang, L., Angleson, J. K., & Dores, R. M. (2013). Using the human melanocortin-2 receptor as a model for analyzing hormone/receptor interactions between a mammalian MC2 receptor and ACTH(1-24). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 181, 203-210.


Angleson, J. K. (2017). Melanocortin-4 receptor regulates alpha-cell function and counter regulatory response to insulin induced hypoglycemia. International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology. Banff Candada.
Angleson, J. K., Lumsden, T., Liang, L., Sarkar, S., & Ute, H. (2014). Role of Melanocortin receptor-4 in alpha cell function. Emerging Targets in Islet Biology -Keystone Symposia. Keystone Symposia.
Ikenouye, L. M., Crane, C., & Angleson, J. K. (2014). Calcium and cAMP Dynamics in Pituitary Lactotrophs. Biophysical Society Meeting. San Francisco CA: Biophysical Society.