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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
November 1, 2015
The department welcomes Eitaro Aihara, PhD, an expert in defense mechanisms of gastrointestional mucosa, to the faculty.
November 1, 2015
Professor John Hogenesch, PhD has joined the departmental faculty as Ohio Eminent Scholar. Dr. Hogenesch studies the circadian clock using genomic and computational methods.
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October 27, 2015
Ali Shawki successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, "Functional properties and intestinal role of H+-coupled divalent metal-ion transporter-1".
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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August 22, 2015
The department welcomes its newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Tongli Zhang, PhD, an expert in the mathematical modeling of cellular decision-making.
July 1, 2015
A team including Bryan Mackenzie, PhD has received a five-year R01 award from NIH for his project entitled "Ferroportin structure and function".
June 12, 2015
Nina Bertaux-Skeirik has been awarded a two-year Albert J. Ryan Fellowship for graduate studies.
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