Steve Mifflin

Steve Mifflin, PhD

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Clinical and Applied Science Education

Dr. Steve Mifflin received his B.S. in Zoology from Texas A&M University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1983. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Heidelberg (1983-1985), the Royal Free Hospital in London, U.K. (1985-1986) and the University of Iowa (1986-1987). He began his faculty career at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1987 and directed a group of scientists that were awarded an NIH Program Project grant. Dr. Mifflin joined the University of North Texas Health Science Center as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Anatomy in 2009. He successfully renewed the Program Project grant for a second period of funding in 2015. Dr. Mifflin’s research centered on neural and humoral control of blood pressure and respiration. As Principal Investigator of a Program Project grant, he directed a group of scientists, staff and students investigating central mechanisms contributing to the hypertension observed in sleep apnea. His outstanding research and teaching were recognized by the UNT Board of regents who awarded him their highest honor, the title of Regents' Professor.

Dr. Mifflin was recruited to UIWSOM in July 2019 as the inaugural Associate Dean of Research and Innovation to develop and facilitate the research and scholarly activities of faculty and students. He provides overall leadership of the UIWSOM research enterprise and is tasked with the establishment and management of a research infrastructure supporting the following areas:

  • Biomedical science
  • Clinical research and trials
  • Translational medicine
  • Population health and outcomes research

When not at work, Dr. Mifflin can be found with his family. His wife of 42 years, Cindy, his three sons, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren are the joys of his life as are his morning walks with his dog, Dolly. He is honored to be part of the UIWSOM and the commitment to lifelong learning and community engagement.
  • Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1983
  • B.S. in Zoology, Texas A&M University, 1977