The Physiology & Pharmacology graduate training discipline encompasses the study of fundamental mechanisms that underlie cellular and systems level function and dysfunction. In addition, this discipline examines how drugs influence these systems, with the ultimate goal being to better treat human disease. This discipline offers distinct curricular tracks for training in both classical Physiology and Pharmacology. It can also provide the opportunity for inter-disciplinary training that will bridge these fields and provide exposure to knowledge and skills ranging from the detailed characterization and principles of drug-receptor interactions through to systems level analyses of physiological processes.

Students have the opportunity to do cutting-edge research within the areas of cardiovascular physiology, neurophysiology, physiological basis of aging, neuropharmacology and mental health research cancer pharmacology, diabetes, addiction and pain research.

Major Areas of Research:

Cardiovascular Physiology:
Vascular, cardiac, endocrine and neural mechanisms that together govern cardiovascular function to identify novel molecular targets for improved treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of nervous system function. Physiology, regulation and functional role of ion channels, and their involvement in disease states.

Physiological basis of aging:
Basic biology of aging encompassing molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of aging, and recent advances in genetic and drug interventions that extend life and prevent age-associated disease.

Drug-receptor interactions including allosterism and functional selectivity, as well as therapeutics.

Control of feeding behavior, obesity, diabetes and stress.

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain to better understand and treat acute and chronic pain.

Novel molecular and behavioral pharmacological approaches to better understand neuropsychiatric diseases such as addiction, schizophrenia and major depression.



For More Information:

Lynette Daws, Ph.D.
Discipline Director

Gregory Collins, Ph.D.
Deputy Director

Tanya Davila
Program Coordinator

Application Deadlines:
Fall/January 1st (Priority)
Fall/March 15th (Final)

Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program.