Lara DeRuisseau

Ph.D.
Research Associate
Affiliated Faculty

DeRuisseau is a whole-animal physiologist focused on answering scientific questions about the neural control of cardiorespiratory function. In particular, her research focuses on physiological changes across the lifespan in developmental disabilities. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of physiologists and strives to have a research team that is representative of the general population.

DeRuisseau has continuous NIH funding since 2015 to investigate Down syndrome with over 1.25 million in direct costs as Principal Investigator. She is currently NIH funded to investigate the project “Heart and vascular responses across the lifespan in Ts65Dn mice, a model of Down syndrome” including a supplement to study cognition in correlation with heart rate variability changes in Ts65Dn. She is also funded to investigate breathing and autonomic function in Rett Syndrome, another developmental disability. DeRuisseau was previously funded to investigate breathing in Down syndrome. She has also received funding from the American Physiological Society to lead an International Conference on Exercise and Cognition while she was a Fulbright Awardee in Finland.

DeRuisseau is an active and engaged member of the American Physiological Society including elected positions on the International Committee and Trainee Advisory Committee. She earned the Rev. Richard M. McKeon, S.J. Scholar of the Year Award and the Louis D. DeGennaro Undergraduate Mentor Award at Le Moyne College. DeRuisseau was also the Carl V. Gisolfi Memorial invited seminar speaker at the University of Iowa, Department of Exercise Science. DeRuisseau has served on various NIH study sections and is part of the Down Syndrome Society Heart and Vascular Working Group to develop the next decade of research priorities for Down syndrome research.

DeRuisseau earned a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida in 2006, a Master of Science in Nutritional Neuroscience from Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences in 2003, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from FSU’s College of Human Sciences in 2001.

Education

Ph.D. in Respiratory Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 2006.

M.S. in Nutritional Neuroscience, The Florida State University, 2003.

B.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2001.

Recent Publications

  • Cilhoroz, B. T., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2021). Safety protocols in an exercise facility result in no detectable sars‐CoV2 spread: A case study.
  • Crecelius, A. R., DeRuisseau, L. R., & Brandauer, J. (2021). Cumulative oral examinations in undergraduate human physiology: process, student perceptions, and outcomes. Advances in Physiology Education, 45(3), 518-525.
  • Hendrix, J. A., Amon, A., Abbeduto, L., Agiovlasitis, S., Alsaied, T., Anderson, H. A., ... & Yi, J. S. (2020). Opportunities, barriers, and recommendations in down syndrome research. Translational Science of Rare Diseases, (Preprint), 1-31.
  • Receno, C. N., Cunningham, C. M., Eassa, B. E., Purdy, R., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2020). Method to Obtain Pattern of Breathing in Senescent Mice through Unrestrained Barometric Plethysmography. JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), (158), e59393.
  • Sheekh-Nuur, M. M., Rodd, M. C., Receno, C. N., Burns, D. P., DeRuisseau, K. C., Cunningham, C. M., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2020). Breathing and Respiratory Muscle Function in Senescent Wild‐type and Ts65Dn Male Mice. The FASEB Journal, 34(S1), 1-1.
  • Sheekh-Nuur, M. M., Rodd, M. C., Receno, C. N., Burns, D. P., DeRuisseau, K. C., Cunningham, C. M., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2020). Breathing and Respiratory Muscle Function in Senescent Wild‐type and Ts65Dn Male Mice. The FASEB Journal, 34(S1), 1-1.
  • Receno, C. N., Eassa, B. E., Cunningham, C. M., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2019). Young and middle‐aged mouse breathing behavior during the light and dark cycles. Physiological reports, 7(8), e14060.
  • DeRuisseau, L. R., Receno, C. N., Heffernan, K. S., & Cunningham, C. M. (2019). Heart rate and blood pressure in male Ts65Dn mice: a model to investigate cardiovascular responses in Down syndrome. Physiological reports, 7(17), e14205.
  • Russell, J. D., Receno, C. N., Cunningham, C. M., Deruisseau, K. C., & Deruisseau, L. R. (2019). Unrestrained Barometric Plethysmography During Air and Hypoxic Exposures in Old Mice Fed a Capsaicin Rich or Control Diet. The FASEB Journal, 33(S1), 551-25.
  • Receno, C. N., Purdy, R. H., Cunningham, C. M., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2019). Heart Rate and Blood Pressure in Ts65Dn and Wild‐type Mice. The FASEB Journal, 33(S1), 696-14.
  • Eassa, B. E., Receno, C. N., Cunningham, C. M., & DeRuisseau, L. R. (2019). Use of Calm Breathing for Monitoring Responses to Hypoxia/Hypercapnia in Young and Middle‐Aged Mice in the Light and Dark Cycle. The FASEB Journal, 33(S1), 548-2.