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Department of Physiology


The Department of Physiology's goal is to train independent, creative, productive scholars in the physiological sciences. The department offers programs leading to the PhD. degree. A combined M.D./PhD. or D.M.D./PhD. degree program is available for students who obtain prior or concurrent admission to the Schools of Medicine or Dentistry respectively.

In all programs, extensive experience in the philosophy and performance of basic and biomedical research is stressed. By virtue of their inter-disciplinary training, the department's graduates compete successfully for positions in medical schools, universities, government and industry.



Department of Physiology

 Recent Awards
  • Dr. Ruth Harris was awarded an NIH R01 entitled "Leptin and peripheral glucose utilization". 
  • Dr. Eric J. Belin de Chantemele received the Dean Franklin Award from the American Physiological Society.
  • Dr. Paul O'Connor was awarded the Arthur C Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Physiological Society
  • Dr. Thiago Bruder was awarded an American Physiological Society Central Nervous System Research Recognition Award and has been selected as a finalist for the ASPET CVP Post-Doctoral Fellow Competition.
  • Drs. O'Connor, Li, and Ergul were awarded an intramural PSRP to study Hv1 in stroke.
  • GRA Ryan Crislip received a 2015 Caroline tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award.
  • Dr. Adviye Ergul recently received an AHA Health Sciences Fellowship grant entitled “Translational Research in Cardiometabolic Disease”.
  • GRA Cam McCarthy was selected as a finalist for the ASPET CVP Graduate Student Competition at Experimental Biology 2015.
  • Dr. Jessica Filosa was awarded an NIH R01 "Astrocytes regulation of vascular tone: role in hypertension". 
  • Dr. Michael Brands was awarded an NIH Diversity Supplement for his R01 “Mechanisms for Cardiovascular Control Early in Diabetes”.





Seminar Schedule

Physiology Seminar Schedule


Physiology Highlights:

Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh, Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Physiology and Endocrinology and Robert B Greenblatt Professor Emeritus of Endocrinology at GRU, discusses how to have a productive academic career: 

Webpage for Virendra B. Mahesh, PhD, D. Phil

Faculty Positions Available:

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Pos# 1123, Req. # 6024. Please visit to view the job description and apply for the position.  For further information you may contact Dr. Ruth Harris at .


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