Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD

Assistant Professor of PhysiologyJoseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
Department of Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone: (434) 582-3544


  • PhD, West Virginia University
  • MS, West Virginia University
  • BS, West Virginia University


Dr. Gigliotti began his academic training at West Virginia University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and worked as an undergraduate research assistant. Wanting to continue his training in the realm of nutritional biochemistry, Dr. Gigliotti would obtain his graduate degrees (MS and PhD) at WVU and published several articles pertaining to nutrition, food science, and the ability of diet to modulate kidney health in rodents. 

Upon completion of his graduate training, Dr. Gigliotti worked in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine (UVA) as a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow from 2011-2016. During this time, he discovered and described a simple ultrasound method that prevents ischemic tissue damage. He would also show similar mechanisms occur in the etiology of hypertension and he continues to work on these projects in collaboration with his colleagues at UVA. Here at LUCOM, Dr. Gigliotti plans to combine his graduate and postdoctoral work to study the role of diet in the immunopathology of heart and kidney disease using animal models.

At home, Dr. Gigliotti enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, their daughter Kensley, and their Yorkshire terriers Grady and Britches. Mrs. Gigliotti is a Speech Pathologist (CCC-SLP) and specializes in infant and toddler speech development. Dr. and Mrs. Gigliotti enjoy serving in youth ministries together and hope to continue this service in the Bedford/Lynchburg area.