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Welcome to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics!

Welcome to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics! We are over 170 faculty, fellows, students, and staff. Building on strong traditions, we strive to be a world leader in our parallel missions of research, teaching, and service. Our founding chair John Macleod was a future Nobel Laureate, Corneille Heymans was another laureate trained in the Department, and a Lasker Award winner Carl J. Wiggers chaired the Department for a generation. Our research mission benefits from a rare combination of faculty who address important translational problems in physiology and biophysics across a broad spectrum of integration—from the level of the atomic structure of molecules, through living cells and organ systems, and up to the whole organism. The major programmatic foci of our research are cardiovascular, renal, and neuronal function in health and disease. Our educational mission includes a strong PhD-training program as well as a new Master’s program in medical physiology that has attracted considerable interest. Our service mission has a strong impact at the local, national, and international levels.

  • Mission: research, education, service
  • Research Interest: integration of physiology and biophysics from atom to whole organism
  • Former President of FASEB, Secretary General of the IUPS, Co-director of Case’s MSTP
  • Co-home to textbook Medical Physiology

Open House for Post-Bacc Medical Physiology Program

April 4, 2015

The Deparment has scheduled two Open Houses for spring of 2015, the first on April 4th and the second on May 30th.  Prospective students and family members can hear all about our Masters in Medical Physiology program, tour the CWRU campus and department laboratories, and meet faculty and students.  Deadlines for registration are March 30th and May 26th.  Please click here to register online for the event.  Please click here for more information.

Welcome postdoc Sandip Basak!

Jan. 5, 2015

Sandip joined the lab of Dr. Sudha Chakrapani as a postdoctoral scholar, effective December 22, 2014.

Welcome postdoc Rajan Vyas!

Jan. 5, 2015

Rajan joined the lab of Dr. Sudha Chakrapani as a postdoctoral scholar, effective January 5, 2015.

Welcome postdoc Mausita Karmakar!

Jan. 5, 2015

Mausita joined the lab of Dr. George Dubyak as a postdoctoral scholar, effective January 1, 2015.

Matthew N. Levy Symposium

Oct. 1, 2014

The Department hosted the 2014 Matthew N. Levy Symposium on Oct. 1, 2014.  See this brochure for more information.

2014 Department Retreat

Sept. 19, 2014 7:30 a.m. - Sept. 19, 2014 6:30 p.m.

The Department sponsored our annual Department Retreat on September 19th at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Retreats consisted of informal scientific presentations by principal investigators, students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Post-Baccalaureate Program MS in Medical Physiology

PhD Program Physiology and Biophysics

Upcoming Seminars


"POSTPONED UNTIL 2015-2016: Epigenetic regulation of microglial activities by intermittent hypoxia"

Jyoti Watters, PhD
March 9, 2015 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

School of Medicine E501
Hosted by: David Litvin


"Targeting Membrane Lipids with Synthetic Molecules"

Jianmin Gao, PhD
March 16, 2015 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

School of Medicine E501
Hosted by: Tingwei Mu, PhD


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