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Frank van Breukelen

Associate Professor
School of Life Sciences
Office: SEB 3168
Phone: 702-895-3944
Fax: 702-895-3956


We are interested in the mechanisms that allow animals to survive in harsh environments.


Hibernation, Biochemical Adaptation, Evolution, Physiology, Cellular Biology, and Pupfish


Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder


  • van Breukelen F, Krumschnabel G, Podrabsky JE. Vertebrate cell death in energy-limited conditions and how to avoid it: what we might learn from mammalian hibernators and other stress-tolerant vertebrates. Apoptosis. 2010 Mar;15(3):386-99. Review. PubMed PMID: 20127173
  • Utz JC, Nelson S, O'Toole BJ, van Breukelen F. Bone strength is maintained after 8 months of inactivity in hibernating golden-mantled ground squirrels, Spermophilus lateralis. J Exp Biol. 2009 Sep 1;212(17):2746-52. PubMed PMID: 19684206; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2727459
  • Baker JA, van Breukelen F. Bile constituents in hibernating golden-mantled ground squirrels (Spermophilus lateralis). Comp Hepatol. 2009 May 26;8:2. PubMed PMID: 19470180; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2692966.
  • Rausch CM, Starkweather PL, van Breukelen F. One year in the life of Bufo punctatus: annual patterns of body temperature in a free-ranging desert anuran. Naturwissenschaften. 2008 Jun;95(6):531-5. Epub 2008 Mar 20. PubMed PMID: 18357398.
  • Utz JC, Velickovska V, Shmereva A, van Breukelen F. Temporal and temperature effects on the maximum rate of rewarming from hibernation. J Therm Biol. 2007 Jul;32(5):276-281. PubMed PMID: 17948068; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2034309
  • Velickovska V, van Breukelen F. Ubiquitylation of proteins in livers of hibernating golden-mantled ground squirrels, Spermophilus lateralis. Cryobiology. 2007 Dec;55(3):230-5. Epub 2007 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 17897639; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2700031.
  • Utz JC, Rausch CM, Fruth L, Thomas ME, van Breukelen F. Desert Survivors: the design and implementation of a television program to enhance local scientific literacy. Adv Physiol Educ. 2007 Mar;31(1):1-4. PubMed PMID: 17327575.

Additional Information

SEB Program Group: Integrative Physiology
SEB Lab Location: 3119/3120