Ph.D. in Physiology, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
Department of Physiology PhD Program -
This dynamic program is designed to meet students interests and provide a broad range of research training experiences and graduate courses leading to professional carriers in:
• Academic institutions at the undergraduate and medical college level
• State or federal agencies
• Private industries
• Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies
• Clinical and hospital research laboratories
This is a vigorous research program in basic and applied biomedical sciences that emphasizes the cellular and molecular basis of function, in the context of understanding the integrative mechanisms of physiological processes. Specific focus areas for Ph.D. projects include:
·Bioenergetics and metabolic diseases (Dr. Brown,Dr. Neufer)
·Cardio-vascular physiology (Dr. Brown,Dr. Katwa,Dr. Lust,Dr. Tulis,Dr. Virag,Dr. Wingard)
·Nanoparticles and nanotoxicology (Dr. Wingard,Dr. Murashov)
·Neurophysiology and neuroscience (Dr. Clemens,Dr. Ding,Dr. Murashov)
·Physiological Genomics and Epigenetics (Dr. Murashov,Dr. Neufer,Dr. Walters)
·Pulmonary physiology (Dr. Van Scott,Dr. Walters)
·Stem cells (Dr. Murashov,Dr. Virag)
Number of faculty: 14 full time
Number of students: 10
Program description: This program is proud of its high faculty-to-student ratio, which ensures that each student receives an appropriately tailored educational experience. Our graduates continue to obtain highly competitive post-doctoral positions and progress into successful scientific careers. The program emphasizes research, but also includes opportunities for teaching experience. The research expertise of the faculty includes many areas of physiology ranging from the whole animal to the molecular level. Current areas of research include cellular physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, neurophysiology, stem cell biology, circadian rhythms and the molecular basis of cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition remission and stipends are available on a competitive basis for Ph.D. students. Most doctoral students receive tuition remission and stipends.
An application, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and GRE scores on the General Test and an appropriate Subject Test should be submitted before April 1. For full consideration for financial aid, earlier application is strongly encouraged. Application packages are available from the Graduate School, or may be requested through the Department.
Program of Study
Since physiology is the gateway to biomedical research, a course foundation in fundamental principles of physiology is required to assure that each student can appreciate the whole organism ramifications of their research and be able to interact with the world of medicine as a knowledgeable colleague.
Typically, students' coursework will form abroad focus area which may be traditional or may be specifically tailored by the student and dissertation adviser. Common focus areas in the Department include cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, smooth muscle, neurobiology, cell biology, bioenergetics and circadian rhythms. In any focus area, a concentration on translation to medicine, involving interaction between the thesis laboratory and clinician/researchers, is encouraged. Contact Graduate Director Phone: (252) 744-2762 E-mail:[email protected]
The program is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
A TOEFL score of 200 (550 on the paper test) or higher is required for foreign students; most successful applicants have TOEFL scores near or above 600. Phone or in-person interviews are required for Ph.D. applicants.