Graduate Program in Physiology

The deadline for PhD Applications is December 15, 2013!


Physiology is the science of life and of all molecular, cellular and organ level processes that support the life of an organism. Physiologists are at the frontier of biomedical research; we address an exciting variety of scientific questions and many of our new discoveries and techniques are rapidly translated into clinical breakthroughs for treatment of various diseases.

In the Physiological Sciences Program at the University of Arizona, graduate students work side-by-side with the faculty investigators from a large range of disciplines using cutting edge, innovative research techniques and experimental approaches at the molecular, cellular, and organ systems levels.

An expanding array of career opportunities is available for physiologists in academia, industry, and governmental laboratories. Physiologists who contribute to this large research effort come from diverse undergraduate backgrounds, including biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and other disciplines.

Our program includes over 60 faculty members from 19 departments in basic and clinical sciences at the University of Arizona. We offer a breadth of research opportunities for students that span from the molecular and cellular to the systems levels of physiology.

Program Contact information:

Holly Lopez                                                    Heddwen Brooks, Ph.D.                                         Program Coordinator, Sr.                                Chair, Physiological Science GIDP                              (520) 626-2898                                             Associate Professor, Physiology                                   


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 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. Several of these awards are shared with other graduate programs to provide support for 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 Fellowship (2012-14)
  • Yang Gao, TRIFF 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)