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Welcome to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP).
Our goal is to advance the field of physiology by performing innovative biomedical research and providing our students with a challenging and supportive environment.

What defines physiology as a discipline? Looking into science laboratories at the College of Medicine, you will find many that look similar. Virtually all biomedical researchers use the modern tools of molecular and cell biology to explore questions about life. But it's the question—not the tool for answering it—that defines a physiologist. Physiologists are curious about the ability of molecules to contribute to cell function, the ability of cells to contribute to tissue function, and the ability of tissues to affect organismal function. Physiology is the science that integrates simple mechanisms into complex systems.

Latest News
October 25, 2016
Christina Wei was awarded her PhD for her doctoral dissertation, "The role of GSK3β-CUGBP1 pathway in the correction of DM1 muscle pathology".
March 21, 2016
See a feature article on graduate student Nina Bertaux-Skeirik
March 11, 2016
Gopinath Sundaramurthy successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, "A probabilistic approach for automated discovery of biomarkers using expression data from microarray or RNA-Seq datasets".
March 9, 2016
Drew Rosselot has received a URC Graduate Summer Fellowship for his project "Age related changes to the coupling of circadian rhythms to the cell cycle".
March 9, 2016
The College of Medicine has awarded Yana Zavros, PhD a bridge funding award for her project "The role of Hedgehog signaling in gastric tissue repair and regeneration".
February 15, 2016
Nina Bertaux-Skeirik has been awarded a Graduate School Dean's Fellowship for her final year of graduate studies.
November 1, 2015
The department welcomes Eitaro Aihara, PhD, an expert in defense mechanisms of gastrointestional mucosa, to the faculty.
October 27, 2015
A poster by Nina Bertaux-Skeirik, "CD44 variant (8-10) marks the cancer stem cells in human gastric adenocarcinoma", was awarded second place in the Graduate Student Research Forum.
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