Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Physiology


Our program is ranked in the top 10 Physiology PhD programs in the United States (NRC rankings)

The deadline for PhD Applications is December 15th, 2015. 

Recruitment Weekend Feb 11-13th 2016


We offer a PhD or a Masters in Physiology.

All PhD students are guaranteed funding for 5 years, stipend, health insurance and tuition.

All MS students have an option to apply for Teaching Assistantships in the Department of Physiology. These cover a stipend, tuition and health insurance for two years.


Program Contact information:

Dr Heddwen Brooks, Ph.D., Chair

Nellie Rios, Program Coordinator                              

(520) 626-2898


PhD students with interests in Cardiovascular Diseases, Lung Disorders and Diabetes can compete for positions on an NIH Funded Training Grant (T32). 

Our program includes 60 faculty members from 15 departments, across 6 Colleges at the University of Arizona, and students have opportunities to work with scientists in clincial departments in the College of Medicine. In the Physiological Sciences Program at the University of Arizona, graduate students work side-by-side with the faculty investigators addressing disease processes in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, cancer, and asthma. Our faculty use innovative research techniques and experimental approaches from molecular to human studies.

Our faculty are nationally recognized scientists, with expertize in professional development and nationally recognized mentoring awards.

We have an ethnically and educationally diverse student body, and offer both a PhD and a Research based Masters program (with funded Teaching Assistanships).

Physiologists are at the frontier of biomedical research and many of our discoveries and techniques are rapidly translated into clinical breakthroughs for diseases. Physiology is the study of all molecular, cellular and organ level processes that support the life of an organism.                                                       

Training Program Support from the National Institutes of Health

The strength of the graduate training program in Physiological Sciences has been recognized by the award of highly competitive T32 training grants from the National Institutes of Health. NIH student support for training in the areas of Cardiovascular Physiology and Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy are available. These T32 programs offer support to graduate students in all areas of physiology.


Last updated 24 Nov 2015