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
Post-Bacc MS in Medical Physiology Internet Program
Jan. 23, 2014
The Department of Physiology has just announced the option to take our popular Post-Bacc MS in Medical Physiology Program online. See MSMP Internet Program for online program details.
2014 Department Retreat
Sept. 19, 2014
Sept. 19, 2014
The Department will sponsor our annual Department Retreat on September 19th at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Retreats consist of informal scientific presentations by principal investigators, students, and post-doctoral fellows.
Paper Acceptance: Andrea Boyd-Tressler
Aug. 11, 2014
Congratulations to Andrea Boyd-Tressler on the acceptance of her first paper as first author "Chemotherapeutic Drugs Induce ATP Release via Caspase-gated Pannexin-1 Channels and a Caspase/Pannexin-1-Independent Mechanism" in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Physiology Annual Picnic
July 11, 2014
The department will be hosting our annual picnic at Squire Valleevue Farm.
American Heart Association Summer Training Program
May 27, 2014
Aug. 1, 2014
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics offers 5 summer research traineeships supported by a recently awarded American Heart Summer Training Grant. The program is designed for outstanding students with majors in biology, chemistry, physics or related disciplines. Students will carry out a research project under the close guidance of a faculty member for 10 weeks during the summer months (May 27 through Aug. 1, 2014). In general, the program accepts students who have finished their junior year.
2nd Annual Ulrich Hopfer Lecture
May 1, 2014
The Department of Physiology & Biophysics established this Annual Lecture in honor of the accomplishments Ulrich Hopfer, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Hopfer is an internationally recognized scientist whose academic career spans over 35 years here at Case Western Reserve University. During this time period, he distinguished himself for excellence in research and in teaching. Indeed, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates have all benefited from his expertise. Please join us as we welcome distinguished guest speaker, Christian Aalkjaer, MD., who will be presenting the 2014 Ulrich Hopfer Lecture on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Robbins Building Auditorium, E-501
Congratulation to Prattana Samasilp
March 18, 2014
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics congratulates Dr. Prattana Samasilp, for successfully defending her PhD thesis, "Molecular Control of Fusion Pore Expansion in Mouse Adrenal Chromaffin Cells", on Mar 18th, 2014.
Paper Acceptance: Ross Anderson
March 11, 2014
Congratulations to Ross Anderson on the acceptance of his first paper as first author “Regulation of persistent activity in hippocampal mossy cells by inhibitory synaptic potentials” in Learning and Memory.
Congratulation to Quentin Jamieson
Feb. 24, 2014
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics congratulates Dr. Quentin Jamieson, for successfully defending his PhD thesis, "The Inactivation Mechanisms of Shaker IR and KV2.1 Potassium Channels: Lessons from Pore Mutation", on Feb 24th, 2014.