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Chairperson: Jian-Ping Jin

Physiologists study the functions of living organisms, tissues and/or isolated cells. The emphasis in physiology is on the functional interrelationships between healthy, as opposed to diseased tissues, cells and sub-cellular components. Increasingly, the discipline focuses on the properties of single cells and their sub-cellular components with the availability and application of molecular biology techniques. However, whether at the level of the single cell or the whole organism, the aim of the physiologist is to understand complex functional interrelationships between body tissues.

The Department of Physiology offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The degree of Master of Science is frequently the first step toward a Ph.D. Students planning a career in teaching or research in physiology are advised to complete the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. A Reproductive Sciences Concentration is an option in the Doctor of Philosophy program. It incorporates the teaching, research and physical resources of both the Physiology and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments, offering interdisciplinary doctoral training in the reproductive sciences with the degree earned through the Department of Physiology.