Physiology is the study of how biological systems perform their functions to maintain the steady-state internal environment of living organisms. As physiologists, we can study these processes at the genetic, cellular, organ system or whole-animal level. Our department is dedicated to providing the most advanced curriculum and training to reflect the increasing application of molecular biology techniques in the understanding of physiological function. Understanding the basic concepts of physiological control of organ systems in the human body is key to identifying regulatory processes during organ dysfunction and disease states which, in turn, may elucidate a novel approach in therapeutic intervention.
The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology seeks highly motivated individuals from biomedical undergraduate backgrounds who wish to pursue a rewarding career in biomedical research. Our Ph.D. program provides individualized training for each student to successfully fulfill the requirements leading to the attainment of a Ph.D. degree. This will provide highly-skilled graduates with the investigative tools necessary for an intellectually-challenging and rewarding career in an ever-evolving field at academic, industrial or government institutes. The graduate program consists of lecture courses, seminar presentations and independent research. Our program emphasizes the need for a strong, knowledgeable background of reviewed literature, a well-planned experimental approach to problem-solving and skilled interpretation of results. In addition, students will be guided in the development of excellent written and oral communication skills.