Frank van Breukelen

Associate Professor
School of Life Sciences
SEB 3168
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Member of

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
Alternate Member


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

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