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
March 24, 2017
The degree of PhD was awarded to Robert Koncar for his dissertation "Exploiting genetic vulnerabilities to overcome treatment resistance in adult gliomas".
February 28, 2017
Posters by graduate student Nina Bertaux-Skeirik and research scientist Jayati Chakbrabarti, both under the guidance of Yana Zavros, PhD, were highly rated at the annual scientific symposium of the Digestive Health Center.
January 12, 2017
This year the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology will merge with the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics.
November 10, 2016
See a feature article on the department's Advanced Multidisciplinary Training Program for Systems Biology.
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".
July 1, 2016
Yana Zavros, PhD has received an NIH award for her project "The role of Hedgehog signaling in gastric tissue repair and regeneration".
March 21, 2016
See a feature article on graduate student Nina Bertaux-Skeirik
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