Notable Alums


Specialty: Physiology

Graduation Year: 1970

Joseph Dunbar

Joseph Dunbar, Ph.D. ’70, is a professor and associate vice president for Research in the Department of Physiology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Dunbar received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alcorn College and a master’s degree in zoology from Texas Southern University before earning his doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology at Wayne State University. He completed postdoctoral training at Sinai Hospital of Detroit as a diabetes trainee and a research associate. He rejoined WSU as assistant professor in the Department of Physiology in (1972 to 78), then associate professor (1978 to85), professor (1985 to present), associate chair (1995 to 2007), department chair (1998 to 2007) and associate vice president for Research (2007 to present).

Dr. Dunbar is interested in the endocrine mechanisms associated with diabetes mellitus and its complications, and serves on the Advisory Board for the APS Professional Skills Training Program. He is an active member of many National Institutes of Health review boards and committees, and has served on the boards of several peer-reviewed national journals, including American Journal of Physiology.

Dr. Dunbar received the WSU School of Medicine Lawrence M. Weiner Award in 1996. The award is presented annually to honor exceptional performance in teaching, research and/or administrative duties.