Dr. Sieck is presently the Vernon and Earline Dale Professor and Distinguished Investigator in the Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. For more than 35 years, his research has primarily focused on neural control of respiratory muscles including the diaphragm and airway smooth muscle. His basic research discoveries in these areas are relevant to aging (from embryonic development to age-related sarcopenia), critical care-related cachexia, spinal cord injury, and airway diseases such as asthma. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his research has been continuously funded by multiple NIH grants since 1979. In addition to research, he is also very active in administrative and educational activities. He served as Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology from 1992 to 2002, Chair of the Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering from 2002 to 2014, and Dean for Research Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2012. He served as the Program Director for the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program within the Mayo Graduate School from 2001 to 2013. He has mentored 38 junior faculty and visiting scientists, and has trained 21 graduate students and 62 postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Sieck was formerly President of the American Physiological Society and the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. He is an elected fellow of the American Physiological Society and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Sieck is currently editor-in-chief of Physiology and previously served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology. He is also member of several editorial boards, including the Journal of Applied Physiology, AJP--Lung, Cellular and Molecular Physiology and AJP--Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology to name a few. His service also includes membership on several NIH study sections, Special Emphasis Panels, Program Project grant review panels, and special ad hoc review panels, as well as a number of advisory panels at several universities.