About Us

Mikhail Pletnikov.

Department chair Mikhail Pletnikov, MD, PhD.

Our department achieves high standards of education, research and patient care, all with the goal of bringing physiology and biophysics to a new level.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics has as its goal the study of normal and abnormal protein function within membranes and cells, normal and abnormal function of cells, organs and intact animals and humans using state-of-the-art biophysical, computational, genomic, proteomic and physiological techniques.

We have particular strengths in the areas of ion channels, skeletal muscle physiology, epithelial cell biology, neurophysiology, vision, and environmental and cardiorespiratory physiology.

Within the department we have faculty that actively participate in several interdisciplinary centers.

The diversity of faculty expertise and the collegial atmosphere have helped faculty within the department to secure independent federal funding.

In recent years, grant funding of our department has ranked as high as second in the country among comparable departments by the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology.

Our laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment and computational facilities for implementing biophysical, genomic, proteomic and physiological studies within the department, which in part has been supported by funds provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Keck Foundation.

We offer extensive educational programs in physiology and biophysics at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Our innovative undergraduate program permits honors students and students majoring in biology to complete an area of specialization within the department and offers several courses in physiology and biophysics open to all undergraduates.

Our graduate program, known for the excellence of the research faculty and flexibility of the program, offers training towards a master's or PhD degree in biophysics, physiology with a specialization in biophysics, and interdisciplinary training leading to a master's or PhD in neuroscience.

Postdoctoral and medical student research opportunities are available in many laboratories.

We offer you the opportunity to work in a variety of university and clinical partnership environments.
Our region is characterized by a neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.
We are available to answer your questions about all of our departmental programs and activities.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is committed to promoting an open and welcoming environment where the value of diversity amongst its members is recognized as imperative for continued academic excellence. We aim to create an inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff that embraces, but is not limited to, diversity in race, ethnicity, nationality or place of origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, and veteran status. We will continue to make every effort in maintaining a supportive milieu in which differences are encouraged and respected.