Physiology (Ph.D.)


The mission of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Physiology is to provide an outstanding educational experience for future scientists, researchers, and academicians in one or more areas of cellular and organ system physiology or developmental biology and reproductive systems. By combining a contemporary curriculum with innovative research, our goal is to develop skilled investigators in the physiological sciences who, by utilizing their advanced problem solving and presentation skills, are qualified to succeed as educators, independent researchers, and as scientists in a wide variety of professional venues.

Reproductive Sciences Concentration: This is a unique program, regionally and nationally, that exposes the trainee to both basic science and clinical research, and emphasizes major topics within the reproductive field including fertilization, developmental biology, genetics, molecular biology, endocrinology, toxicology, teratology, pregnancy and infectious disease. The goal of this concentration within the Physiology Ph.D. program is to educate students to become well-qualified, knowledgeable reproductive physiologists who will make substantial contributions to strengthen and advance the field of reproductive medicine and health.

Admission Requirements

Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and the graduate programs of the School of Medicine, respectively.  In addition, applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy degree are normally expected to have a personal interview with one or more members of the Departmental Graduate Committee.

Academic Scholarship

All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine governing graduate scholarship and degrees.