Kevin P. Campbell, Ph.D.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Chair, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

B.S. (1973) – Manhattan College, Bronx, NY (Physics)
M.S. (1973) – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (Biophysics)
Ph.D. (1979) – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (Biophysics)
Postdoctoral Fellow (1981) – University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Membrane Biochemistry)


Dr. Campbell joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics faculty at University of Iowa in 1981 and has served as Department Chair since 1999. He has served as Director of the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Specialized Research Center since 2005 and has been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical institute since 1989.

Dr. Campbell is internationally recognized for his fundamental research contributions that have advanced our understanding of neuromuscular diseases. Throughout his career, he has engaged in creative and insightful basic science research focused on advancing knowledge of skeletal muscle function and has pioneered important new paradigms pertaining to neuromuscular disease. Dr. Campbell's early studies at The University of Iowa were focused on determining the structure and function of calcium channels in skeletal muscle, and for the past thirty years, he and his colleagues have actively investigated the molecular pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy. This work has led to the identification of the molecular and genetic basis of several forms of muscular dystrophy and has provided a clearer understanding of the pathophysiology of these diseases. As such, Dr. Campbell's findings have greatly improved the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy and have laid the foundation for new treatment strategies for these devastating diseases. 

Dr. Campbell has garnered both national and international recognition for his pioneering research on cell mechanisms involved in muscular dystrophy. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002, the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. He received the ASBMB-Amgen Award, the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. In recognition of his exceptional mentorship, Dr. Campbell was awarded the UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award in 2005. Most recently in 2020, Dr. Campbell was the recipient of the ASBMB Herbert Tabor Research Award.