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The Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio is renowned for its seminal contributions in many scientific areas including cardiovascular physiology, neurophysiology and the physiological basis of aging. Using sophisticated genetic and molecular tools, our scientists are unraveling the fundamental mechanisms that underlie tissue and cellular physiology; and how these processes are compromised in injury and disease.


Congratulations to Shelly Buffenstein!

Dr. Buffenstein was recently awarded a renewal of her Owens Foundation grant entitled "Cancer Resistance in the Naked Mole Rat".

Physiology Graduate Student Travel Award WInner (Spring 2015)

Mateen Haroon (Dr. Jun Hee Kim’s lab) has been selected as the Spring 2015 Physiology Graduate Student Travel Award recipient.  Mateen will utilize the funds to attend the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago this fall where he will present a posted titled “Effect of extreme hypoxia on spontaneous GABA release in the MNTB synapse”.
Please join us in congratulating Mateen!

New Publication: Drs. Mark Shapiro, Sonya Bierbower and James Lechleiter.

Research suggests that an already-approved drug could reduce the debilitating impact of strokes. Mice that had treatment with a drug called retigabine after a stroke were able to traverse a balance beam without difficulty. Untreated mice displayed a pronounced loss of coordination.
Augmentation of M-Type (KCNQ) Potassium Channels as a Novel Strategy to Reduce Stroke-Induced Brain Injury. Sonya M. Bierbower, et al. The Journal of Neuroscience (February 2015): Click here to view.

Physiology Spotlight

  • The 3rd Annual Department of Physiology Graduate Student Symposium will take place Friday, April 17, 2015.  Additional details forthcoming!