Brian Gulbransen

Brian  Gulbransen
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Physiology


Brian Gulbransen, professor of physiology and a member of MSU’s Neuroscience Program, focuses his research on understanding how neuroinflammation leads to long-term changes in neural circuitry. His investigations aim to reveal the fundamental rules that govern cell to cell communication in the enteric nervous system (ENS) and elucidate the molecular machinery that contributes to changes in the ENS, a finding that will lead to the development of new therapies for gastrointestinal motility disorders.

Gulbransen received his B.S. in zoology and physiology from University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining MSU in 2012, he completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Calgary, where he received several awards to support his research including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Individual Fellowship, the Achievers in Medical Science Postdoctoral Scholarship, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Individual Fellowship.

Gulbransen has published several articles in the leading journals of his field, including the Journal of Physiology, Gastronenterology, and Nature Medicine. His exceptional research at MSU has earned him a Senior Research Award and several grants to fund his research, including support from the National Institutes of Health, the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, the Department of Defense, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Research Starter Grant in Pharmacology/Toxicology, and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society Research Grant.