Teresa M. Bruggeman, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor Emerita
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2160 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-0001
Fax: (734) 936-5525


  • Inflammation, immunity
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Maladaptive inflammatory and immune responses
  • Multi-systems interactions

Dr. Bruggeman is particularly interested in the adaptive and maladaptive aspects of the inflammatory and immune responses and has acquired an extensive background on the normal cellular and chemical mechanism involved in these responses. She applies this information to understand how chronic inflammation underlines the development of atherosclerosis. She is also interested in how the mediators of chronic inflammation in one system can affect the function of multiple systems with positive feedback for the development of multisystem failure.


Dr. Bruggeman is primarily responsible for teaching the undergraduate anatomy & physiology course and the undergraduate pathophysiology course. The combination of her PhD in Physiology and her nursing career allows her to correlate normal structure and function with the abnormalities of disease processes. She has created extensive coursepacks that outline the key principles in each course. Her lectures are rich in the visual presentation of anatomical structures, flow diagrams of physiological mechanisms and examples of pathological disorders. She is currently developing modules for the use of plastinated body parts in the Anatomy and Physiology course. Dr. Bruggeman has also developed Camtassia online lectures on the Inflammatory & Immune Response and the Cardiovascular System for the Division I graduate pathophysiology course. Through her work on task forces and the Curriculum Committee, Dr Bruggeman has contributed extensively to the development and review of the graduate and undergraduate curriculums of the School of Nursing.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Curriculum Committee, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2006-2007
  • Member, Information Committee, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2002-2006
  • Member, Glaxo’s National Advisory Board for Nursing, 1996-1998
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1994-1995
  • Faculty Advisor, MSNA Chapter, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1994-1998

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Training Grant, National Institute of Health (NIH), 1969-74


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1974
  • BSN, Bellevue School of Nursing, New York City, NY, 1963

Publication Highlights

  • Bruggeman, T.M. Protein Content of Gastric Lymph. In Mayell, R.C., and Wittee, M.H. (Eds.), Progress in Lymphology. New York: Plenum Press, 1977.

  • Mouw, C., Sherman J. and Bruggeman, T. Course Book for Human Physiology Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. 1976.

  • Bruggeman, T.M., Wood, J.G., and Davenport, H.W. Local control of flow in the dog's stomach: vasodilation caused by acid-back diffusion following topical application of salicylic acid. Gastroenterology,1979, 77, 736-744.

  • Bruggeman, T.M. Plasma proteins in canine gastric lymph. Gastroenterology, 1975, 68, 1204-1210.