Hannah V. Carey

80th APS President (2007-2008)
Hannah V. Carey
(b. 1955)

Hannah V. Carey is a Professor of Comparative Biosciences in the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and her PhD in Zoology from the University of California, Davis. Carey was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin in 1989, Associated Professor in 1991 and Full Professor in 2001. She also holds Affiliate Faculty appointments in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the UW-College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and in the Department of Pediatrics in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Carey's research interests are in the areas of gastrointestinal physiology and hibernation biology. Her graduate research at the University of California's White Mountain Research Station was in feeding and nutritional ecology of hibernating mammals. She then carried out postdoctoral studies in intestinal transport physiology with Helen Cooke, first at the University of Nevada-Reno and then at the Ohio State University. Carey subsequently developed an independent research program that uses hibernating mammals as models for intestinal adaptation to extreme changes in nutrition and metabolism. Carey's research has also included studies with fetal and neonatal piglets to explore effects of development and nutritional status on intestinal absorptive and secretory function. Her current research continues in basic aspects of hibernation biology including intestinal epithelial biology, immunology and host-microbial relationships, as well as the translation of hibernation biology to biomedicine, including organ preservation, intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury and severe blood loss. She has authored over 55 original articles, four invited reviews, edited one book and contributed nine book chapters. Carey's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Army Research Office and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.

Carey has been an invited speaker at more than 70 national and international universities or symposia, has organized five symposia at national meetings and co-organized an international conference. She has served as a member of panels or special study sections for the NIH, NSF, and the National Space Biomedical Research Initiative, and has served as an external reviewer for several national and international funding agencies. Carey presently serves as the North American Editor of the Journal of Comparative Physiology B and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. She is a past member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for over 30 other scientific journals. She is currently a member of the Faculty of 1000: Gastrointestinal Physiology and previously served on the Staff of Contributors, Selected Summaries section of Gastroenterology.

Carey has served on over 30 committees at the departmental, school or campus level at the University of Wisconsin, including the Biological Sciences Divisional Committees on Promotion on Tenure and on Strategic Planning, the SVM Animal Care and Use Committee, the Women Faculty Mentoring Program, several search and screen committees including the Gastroenterology Division Chief for the UW Medical School and the Deans of the UW Graduate School and School of Veterinary Medicine. She has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association for Biomedical Research and Education, and currently serves as President. Carey is an active member of the American Gastroenterological Association, having served most recently as a member of the AGA Council, where she was Chair of the Nutrition and Obesity Section. She was a member of the AGA Women in Gastroenterology Committee and chaired the task force that created the AGA Career Development Program. She is currently a member of one of the working groups of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases. Carey has served in several advisory capacities at the university and national level, including an NSF workshop on Multidisciplinary Research: Bridging the Gaps, University of Alaska-EPSCoR Integrative Approaches to Environmental Physiology program, and exploratory workshops for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Carey instructs veterinary medical students in renal and gastrointestinal physiology, and has mentored five graduate students, 11 undergraduates, three postdoctoral fellows, and two veterinary students in research projects. She is a strong believer in public outreach and frequently visits community groups and schools to talk about her research and encourage young people to consider a career in science. She has also served as a source for radio, print and television reporters on stories that convey the excitement and value of science, particularly the science of hibernation. 

Carey has been an APS member since 1984. Her APS activities include serving as Chair of the Women in Physiology Committee, during which time she initiated the APS Women's Mentoring Program; Chair of the Membership Committee; Chair of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Section Steering Committee; Chair of the Communications Committee, member of APS Council and member of the US Scientific Programming Committee for the IUPS 2005 Congress.