Graduate Program in Physiology

The deadline for PhD Applications is December 1st, 2014

Physiological Sciences Graduate Program (PSGIDP)  

You can apply to the UA Physiological Sciences through the ABBS program or directly to the Physiological Sciences. You are allowed to apply to both programs. Both applications are via the GradApp website.

ABBS is an umbrella recruitment program that allows you to select course work from Physiological Sciences in addition to several other programs during your first year of PhD training. After the first year you select your PhD program from the 8 participating programs.



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. 

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.

Physiology PhD graduates can enter careers in academia, industry, and government. 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). Our program includes 60 faculty members from 19 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. 

Program Contact information:

Heddwen Brooks, Ph.D. Chair

Nellie Rios Program Coordinator                              

(520) 626-2898                                                           


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, Systems and Integrative Physiology and Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy are available. These T32 programs offer support to graduate students in all areas of physiology.


Congratulations to the following students for their external awards 2013-14

 Awards and Awardees

  • Methajit Methawasin, American Heart Association PreDoctoral Fellowship (2012-14)
  • Yang Gao, TRIF Imaging Fellowship Award (2013-14)
  • Miranda Good, Sarver Heart Center Fellowship (2013-14)
  • Jennifer Vranish, Sarver Heart Center Fellowship (2013-14)
  • Dennis Pollow, Sarver Heart Center Fellowship (2013-14)
  • Marina Martinez, Mountain State Alliance Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2012 & 2013)
  • Reece Mazade ,  Achievement Award for College Scientists (ARCS 2013-14)
  • Dennis Pollow,  Achievement Award for College Scientists (ARCS 2013-14)