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Welcome to the Department of Molecular & 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
June 29, 2015
The research of Judith Heiny, PhD was featured in the journal International Innovation.
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June 12, 2015
Nina Bertaux-Skeirik has been awarded a two-year Albert J. Ryan Fellowship for graduate studies.
May 28, 2015
Shruti Marwaha successfully defended her doctoral dissertation "A Genomics and Mathematical Modeling Approach for the study of Helicobacter pylori-associated Gastritis and Gastric Cancer".
April 23, 2015
An interdisciplinary team including Yana Zavros, PhD, Christian Hong, PhD, and Marshall Montrose, PhD received a $4.6 million NIH grant to study diarrheal disease using organoids.
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April 20, 2015
Gopinath Sundaramurthy was awarded the MS degree in Molecular and Cellular Physiology.
April 20, 2015
Steven Kleene, PhD and two colleagues received an Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Grant.
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April 6, 2015
Christian Hong, PhD received the Rising Star award from the Office of Research.
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MCP Highlights
July 14, 2014—Robert Highsmith, PhD, has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics effective September 1, 2014.


June 5, 2014—Marshall Montrose, PhD, has been appointed as UC Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, effective September 1, 2014.

Academic Programs
PhD Program in Systems Biology & Physiology
Special Master's Program (SMP)óMS in Physiology
Seminars and Conferences
Undergraduate Research
Training Grant
Commemorative Awards
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