Physiology and Integrative Medical Biology Track

Physiology is the dynamic study of life. A physiologist investigates how biological structures and machines work at the molecular, cellular, organ, or organ system level. Because a physiologist also explores normal human body functions, research in physiology is closely intertwined with medicine: understanding and remediating human disease.

The Physiology and Integrative Medical Biology Track is designed to provide an educational environment in cell, systems, and integrative physiology. This Track is a home base for developing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding normal biology and the biology of disease states. The future of medical biology is to understand not only human genes and the proteins they encode, but also integrated to produce the specific functions displayed by the wide array of cells, tissues and organs. This integrative biological approach ranges from single molecules to the whole body. Studying complex living organisms is often the best way - and in some cases, the only way - to understand dynamic biological processes. Training in integrative approaches to understand the biology of organisms includes the study of disease-causing genes in the pathophysiology of disease. An integrated approach to disease is crucial to discover new therapies as well as the effects of therapy on disease.

Faculty of the Track consists of scientists with a wide range of research interests. Students in the Track will receive training in modern concepts and techniques to understand the biology of organisms and the roles of disease-causing genes in the pathophysiology of disease. This multidimensional Track includes activities in integrative and systems physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, translational research, small animal physiology, biomedical engineering, and biophysics. The Track also integrates information from genetics, functional genomics and functional proteomics into whole animal and human biology.