Warren Burggren | Department of Biological Sciences

Warren Burggren

University Distinguished Research Professor- Developmental Physiology

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Dr. Warren Burggren teaches courses on topics in physiology, adaptation and environmental biology, and mentors graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Burggren's research and teaching interests are in developmental physiology, and epigenetics and epigenetic inheritance.


Doctor of Philosophy in physiology, University of East Anglia

Bachelor of Science in biology, University of Calgary


Burggren has specific research interests in the development of the embryonic heart, respiratory and renal systems. He also studies the phenotypic plasticity of developing animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, and epigenetic influences on development and epigenetic inheritance of phenotypic traits.

Selected Publications:

The following are the most recent publications of Burggren's:

  1. Burggren, W. (2021) Putting the August Krogh Princple to work in developmental physiology. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A Molecular and Integrative Physiology. 252:110825.
  2. Hamilton, T.J., Krook, J., Szaszkiewicz, J. and Burggren, W. (2021) Shoaling, boldness, anxiety-like behavior and locomotion in zebrafish (Danio rerio) are altered by acute benzo[a]pyrene exposure. Science of the Total Environment. 774: 145702.

  3. Martínez, G., Peña, E., Martínez, R., Camarillo, S., Burggren, W. and Alvarez, A. (2021) Survival, growth, and development in the early stages of the tropical gar Atractosteus tropicus: Developmental critical windows and the influence of temperature, salinity and oxygen availability. Fishes. In Press.

  4. Walker, C.. and Burggren, W. (2020) Remodeling the epigenome and (epi)cytoskeleton: A new paradigm for co-regulation by methylation. Journal of Experimental Biology. 223: 10.1242/jeb.220632.

  5. Burggren, W.W. (2020) Phenotypic switching resulting from developmental plasticity: Fixed or reversible? Frontiers in Physiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.01634.

  6. Burggren, W. W. (2021) Gobierno y Autonomia Universitaria en Canada, Estados Unidos y Mexico: Un Estudio Comparativo. En: Autonomia: Legado y Futuro. Prensa de la Universidad del Estado de Mexico.