Department of Physiology

Department of Physiology

During the last decade, new and exciting changes have developed in the area of Physiology.  In addition to a cadre of new investigative techniques, we have seen an explosion of interest in cellular and molecular research into physiological phenomena.  Our Department has successfully blended our traditional systemic research approach with many new cellular and molecular approaches to research.  In addition, we have developed strong research collaborations with clinical researchers to investigate physiological questions in areas such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.  Our Department has a strong interest in cardiovascular research and our efforts are potentiated by research interactions with both basic science departments and many clinical departments and subspecialties.  The Department is located primarily in a modern 14 story research facility on the Health Sciences Campus.  The Health Sciences Center is a well-integrated facility of both clinical and academic entities.

We are excited about the new and innovative research approaches being explored in our Department and in the field of Physiology.  I, along with our faculty and graduate students would like to welcome you to our Website.

Irving G. Joshua, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Major Scholarship Goals and Objectives

  • The Department of Physiology will enhance the national and international recognition of its Research by: (a) participation at discipline related activities and forum at the national and international level, (b) maintaining and expanding our basic science and clinical science collaborations, and (c) maintaining a high level of extramural research funding and peer-reviewed research publications.
  • The Department of Physiology will enhance the local and national recognition of its Teaching by: (a) developing and utilizing state-of-the-art teaching pedagogy, problem-based learning and collegial learning formats, (b) maintaining visibility in our discipline through increasing local and national teaching workshop and forum participation, and (c) recruiting and graduating graduate students from a diverse population of applicants from traditional basic and clinical science professions.
  • The Department of Physiology will provide appropriate Service to the School of Medicine and University by: (a) participating in the organization, governance and management of local, national, and international professional societies, (b) continuing to play a significant role in enhancing curricular design and assessment and in the development of educational goals of the School of Medicine and University, (c) maintaining an appropriate participation in Departmental, School and University governance where the expertise of the Discipline may have significant input to the enhancement of the representative body, and (d) participating in community service activities which will enhance and support the community image of the Department, School and University.