Linda F Hayward

Linda F Hayward


Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Business Phone: (352) 294-4048
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Pfizer Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
2012 · University of Florida
2010-2014 · Florida Veterinary Scholar Program
CE Cornelius Young Investigator Award
2003 · University of Florida
2002 Robert J Boucek Research Award
2002 · American Heart Association
Central Investment Research Enhancement Award
1996-1997 · National Institutes of Health
National Research Service Award
1991-1993 · National Institutes of Health

Research Profile

— Identification of novel brain pathways or molecules involved in the integration of anticipatory, stress, sensory and/or hormonal signals necessary for the regulation of cardiorespiratory function.

— Identification of brain pathways altered by genetic predispositions, epigenetic modifications, and/or peripheral damage in hypertension and heart failure.

— Research methods employed include systems physiology, immunohistochemistry, virally mediate neural transfection, MRI neural imaging, molecular biology and/or extracellular recording from single neurons in the brain.

Ongoing projects include:

— Investigating the impact of prenatal nicotine exposure on the predisposition to develop cardiovascular disease later in life. This includes an evaluation of changes in the maternal gut microbiome during nicotine exposure and associated shifts in metabolite content impacting postnatal central control of blood pressure in males versus females.

— Evaluating the impact on blood pressure of chemogenetic activation or inhibition of targeted regions of the brain linked with the hypothalamic orexin system in both normotensive and hypertensive animals.

— Investigating central autonomic changes in heart failure, including the role of the gut microbiome-brain axis.


2017 IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
2002 American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology
2001 American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology


Aug 2018 – Mar 2020
Phrenic Afferents and Neuromuscular Plasticity Following Spinal Cord Injury
May 2018 ACTIVE
The role of the gut-microbiome-brain axis in cardiovascular disease following prenatal exposure to nicotine
FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING · Principal Investigator
Jul 2014 – Jun 2016
Developing a Novel Non-invasive Non-contact Method for C
UF DSR OPPORTUNITY FUND · Principal Investigator


Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology
1990 · Northwestern University
Master of Science in Kinesiology
1984 · University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology
1980 · University of California, Santa Cruz

Contact Details

(352) 294-4048

University of Florida


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