P. HochachkaResearcher Profile

Dr. Peter W. Hochachka

Job Title: Professor
Employer: UBC
Place of Birth: Therien, Alberta, Canada
Public School attended: Oliver School, Edmonton
High School attended: Victoria Composite High School, Edmonton
Further Education: University of Alberta (B.Sc. - 1959), Dalhousie University (M.Sc. - 1961), Duke University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Antartica, Amazon, Andean countries, Nepal

Brief synopsis of current research:
Hypoxia defense mechanisms in fishes, aquatic turtles, marine mammals, and humans form the focus for most of my work. Metabolic regulation is a subtheme, and in both research themes, we often use exercise as a means for perturbing the system. Hence, many of our studies on the surface appear focussed on exercise biochemistry as their main research area.

Mailing address:
Dept. of Zoology, University of B.C., 6270 University Blvd, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4
Phone: (604) 822-3372

Recent Publications:

Hochachka, P.W. (1999) Metabolic implications of intracellular circulation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 96, 12233-12239.

Hochachka, P.W., Gunga, H.C. and K. Kirsch.(1998) Our ancestral physiological phenotype: An adaptation for hypoxia tolerance and for endurance performance? Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 95, 1915-1920.

Allen, P.S., Matheson, G.O., Zhu, G., Gheorgiu, D., Dunlop, R.S., Falconer, T., Stanley, C. and P.W. Hochachka (1997) Simultaneous 31P magnetic resource spectroscopy of the soleus and gastrocnemius in Sherpas during graded calf muscle exercise and recovery. Amer. J. Physiol., 273, R999-R1007.

Hochachka, P.W., Buck, L.T., Doll, C.J. and S.C. Land. (1996) Unifying theory of hypoxia tolerance: Molecular/metabolic defense and rescue mechanisms for surviving oxygen lack. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 93, 9493-9498.

Hochachka, P.W., Clark, C.M., Holden, J.E., Stanley, C., Ugurbil, K., and R.S. Menon (1996). 31P Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the Sherpa heart: A PCr/ATP signature of metabolic defense against hypobaric hypoxia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 93, 1215-1220.