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Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs span the breadth of the University of Arizona research, and our Program includes over 55 faculty members from at least 15 departments, across 6 Colleges at the University of Arizona. This allows graduate students in our Master’s and PhD programs to work side-by-side with the faculty investigators, addressing a broad spectrum of disease processes in areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, cancer, and asthma.  In addition to the unique opportunities of the interdisciplinary nature of our Program:

  • Our PhD program is regularly ranked in the Top 10 Physiology PhD programs in the United States (NRC)
  • Our PhD students are fully funded and our Master’s students have the opportunity for full funding through Teaching Assistantships. 
  • Our faculty members are internationally recognized scientists who use innovative techniques and experimental approaches, and possess expertise in professional development and mentoring.
  • We participate in a MD-PhD dual degree program, allowing students to complete both degrees in less time.


Program Chair:  Dr. Heddwen Brooks

Program Coordinator:  Nicole Pasadilla 


UA Physiological Sciences GIDP in the News!

Dr. Erika Eggers receives a NSF Career Grant.

Dr. Janet Funk and her research on the effects of turmeric on arthritis. 

The Lab of Dr. Brooks:  The American Physiological Society published a review from the lab of Dr Brooks, highlighting sex differences in cardiovascular disease, using our UA patented menopause model (Dr Hoyer).  View the article on the American Physiological Society's website.

PhD. Candidate Jordan Lancaster with Mentor Dr. Steven Goldman:  Take a look at some of the amazing things our faculty and students are accomplishing, in the business world as well as the medical world, by viewing the news article on's website.



Student Awards and Achievements

Congratulations to the following students!