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  • Professor of Laboratory Medicine, of Neurosurgery, and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Vice Chair for Education, Department of Laboratory Medicine; Director of Medical Education, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Thread Leader, Physiology, Office of Education; Associate Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Thread Description


The physiology thread uses a systematic approach to understanding the intra- and inter-operations of the organ systems involved in maintaining whole body homeostasis. Systems covered include cell physiology, the cardiac, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems, and developmental and aging processes. Emphasis is placed on structures and molecular pathways that ensure functional operation of each system or process, and the communication pathways that allow the individual systems or processes to contribute to systemic homeostasis.


The Physiology Thread uses lectures, team-based learning, and small group case conferences to provide students with the current understanding of physiological processes and then provide them with an opportunity to utilize this content in a group discussion to understand how normal physiological processes are disrupted in disease and how therapeutic approaches can return the physiological processes to their normal functioning mode.