Cynthia J. Metz, Ph.D.

Cynthia J. Metz, Ph.D.

Cynthia J. Metz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville, 2008

After graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in 2008, Dr. Cynthia J. Metz relocated to Orlando, Florida and began her professional career teaching undergraduate science courses at Valencia College.  This invaluable learning experience led to her return to UofL in 2011, with a primary emphasis on teaching.  Her main responsibilities are to serve as the Course Director for the School of Dentistry Physiology Course and Director of the Physiology Section of the Medical School Prematriculation Program.  Dr. Metz has received several teaching awards including the “Top 4” Faculty Favorite Award at the University of Louisville (video available at: )

Dr. Metz’ research activities focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  In particular, she is interested in the integration of active learning and technology into the classroom, and the impact of these methods on student performance and motivation.  Some of her educational resources have open-access and are available on YouTube at: Dr. Metz has presented professional development programs at local and national venues on topics such as online modules, student study skills, and engaging lectures.  In 2014, she was a recipient of the Research Recognition Award from the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society.

Dr. Metz serves on the School of Dentistry’s Admissions Committee and Student Progress and Promotions Committee.  She is also involved in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Graduate Admissions Committee and Education Committee.  Locally, Dr. Metz participates in many community service activities including the Louisville Regional Science Fair, American Physiological Society Physiology PhUN week, and Research!Louisville.  She also mentors graduate students who are interested in pursuing teaching careers.

Peer-reviewed Research Articles:

  1. Clark CB, Rane MJ, Mehdi DE, Miller CJ, Sachleben LR, Gozal E. Role of Oxidative Stress in Geldanamycin-Induced Cytotoxicity and Disruption of Hsp90 Signaling Complex.  Free Radic Biol Med 47 (10): 1440-1449, 2009.
  2. Miller CJ, McNear J, Metz MJ.  A Comparison of Traditional and Engaging Lecture Methods in a Large, Professional-Level Course.  Adv Physiol Edu 37: 347-355, 2013.
  3. Metz MJ, Miller CJ. Clinical Case Presentation: Challenging The American Board of Operative Dentistry Certification Examination. JSM Dent 1007 (1): 1-10, 2013.
  4. Metz MJ, Abel-Azim T, Miller CJ, Lin WS, Nejad Z, Oliviera GM, Morton D.  Implementation of a Laboratory Quality Assurance Program: The Louisville Experience.  J Dent Edu 78 (2): 195-205, 2014.
  5. Miller CJ. The Use of Novel Camtasia Videos to Improve Performance of At-risk Students in Undergraduate Physiology Courses.  World J Edu 4 (1): 22-34, 2014.
  6. Miller CJ, Metz MJ.  Birds of a feather flock together: The Importance of Seating Location with Active Learning in the Professional Classroom.  Adv Physiol Edu 38:181-182, 2014.
  7. Miller CJ, Aiken S, Metz MJ. Perceptions of D.M.D. Student Readiness for Basic Science Courses in the United States: Can Online Review Modules Help?  European Journal of Dental Education [in press].
  8. Fensterer TF, Miller CJ, Perez-Abadia G, Maldonado CJ. Novel Cuff Design to Facilitate Small Vessel Anastomosis in Cervical Heterotopic Heart Transplantation in Rodents. Comparative Medicine [in press].
  9. Metz MJ, Miller CJ, Lin WS, Abdel-Azim T, Zandinejad A, Crim G. Dental Student Perception and Assessment of Preventive Dentistry Knowledge. European Journal of Dental Education [in press].
  10. Miller CJ, Metz MJ.  A Comparison of Professional-Level Faculty and Student Perceptions of Active Learning: Its Current Use, Effectiveness, and Barriers.  Adv Physiol Edu [in press].

    Peer-reviewed Teaching Resources:
  11. Miller CJ.  Clinical Focus Presentations: Can You Talk the Talk?  APS Archive of Teaching Resources,  March 8, 2012.
  12. Miller CJ. How Hormones Use G-protein Signaling Pathways: A Video Review of the Basics. APS Archive of Teaching Resources, August 1, 2012
  13. Miller CJ. Where Does That Ion Go?  A Video of the Cardiomyocyte Action Potential: Part 2. APS Archive of Teaching Resources,  March 8, 2012.
  14. Miller CJ. Where Does That Ion Go?  A Video of the Cardiomyocyte Action Potential: Part 1. APS Archive of Teaching Resources,  March 8, 2012.
  15. Miller CJ. A Collection of Games and Activities for the Endocrine System: It CAN be fun! APS Archive of Teaching Resources,  July 7, 2012.
  16. Miller CJ. Controversial Discussion Topics for Physiology Courses. APS Archive of Teaching Resources,   June 28, 2013.
  17. Miller CJ. Form Follows Function: A Video Introduction to Stereochemistry. APS Archive of Teaching Resources, June 28, 2013.
  18. Miller CJ. The Nephron in Numbers: A Video of Renal Clearance. APS Archive of Teaching Resources,  June 28, 2013.
  19. Miller CJ. The Physiology of Receptors: A Video. APS Archive of Teaching Resources,  June 28, 2013.
  20. Miller C, Metz M.  The Autonomic Nervous System Review Module. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.  Available from:
  21. Miller CJ. Visualizing the Synthesis of Thyroid Hormones. MERLOT II, October 27, 2013.
  22. Metz MJ, Miller CJ. Mock Board Preparation Materials for the Operative Dentistry Section of Regional Dental Licensure Examinations. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: