C. David Ianuzzo, PhD

Professor of PhysiologyDavid Ianuzzo
Department of Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone: (434) 592-6968


  • PhD, Washington State University
  • MSc, Washington State University
  • BS, Springfield College


  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Reviewer for Medicine Science and Sport Journal
  • Reviewer for Experimental Neurology Journal
  • 2008 Who's Who in Health Science Education
  • Received the Inaugural Research Recognition Award for Department of Physical Education from York University


Dr. Ianuzzo’s first position, after graduating from Washington State University, was in Biology and Allied Health Science at Boston University. Following the time in Boston, he accepted a position at York University in Toronto and had an adjunct appointment at University of Toronto in Department of Surgery and a sabbatical appointment at the Meakins- Christie Laboratories, Department of Medicine, McGill University. In 1992 he returned to the USA as the Director and a Senior Research Scientist at Deborah (Heart and Lung) Research Institute in New Jersey. He then went into Christian ministry for 6 years before accepting a position as Chair of Applied Health Science at Wheaton College.

He has been listed in American Men and Women in Science (1987) and in Who’s Who in Health Science Education (2008). He has published more than a hundred original research papers, book chapters and abstracts on the cellular adaptations in heart, respiratory muscle, and skeletal muscle. Along with his discovery that thyroidism alters the expression of fast and slow skeletal myosin, he was involved in taking basic science findings to a clinical application in transforming the Latissimus Dorsi muscle via electrical stimulation into a fatigue resistant muscle that can be used for cardiac assist in patients with heart failure (i.e., cardiomyoplasty).

He is married to Sigrid and they have four adult children. He enjoys his family, teaching adult Bible classes, reading science, being a sports fan, and exercising.