• Immune System Changes May Cause High Blood Pressure in Postmenopausal Women

    A new study finds menopause-induced changes to protective immune cells may add to a spike in high blood pressure in postmenopausal women – findings with implications for sex differences in COVID-19 responses.

  • Researchers Prepare First Potential Drug Therapy for Vascular Dementia for Clinical Trials

    Dr. Meredith Hay won a $5.7 million grant for clinical trials on a novel peptide therapy that, if successful, would be the first drug to treat vascular dementia – the second most common form of dementia.

  • Understanding the Eye's 'Plumbing' Could Lead to Future Treatments for Glaucoma, Other Diseases

    A University of Arizona Health Sciences study funded by a $2.3 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Eye Institute could help to develop future treatments for glaucoma and other diseases.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Physiology shares in the grief, distress, and outrage over the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and many others who have been targeted by violence. We stand with the protests against these horrific acts. Sadly, these are not the only examples of systemic injustice we have witnessed in recent years. The current state of affairs is unacceptable. The Physiology Department stands strong in our commitment to students, staff, and faculty. Everyone is welcome and will be treated equitably irrespective of nationality, race, gender, or beliefs.

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COVID-19 Response:

In response to the reduced spread of coronavirus among students, the university has moved to Phase 2 of the reentry plan and is adding in-person instruction for more students. Many of our classes will remain online, however, and all classes across campus move to full online after the Thanksgiving break.

Faculty, staff and students are following the guidance of the university. Among the changes, everyone must complete a Wildcat Wellcheck each day before coming to campus and must wear face coverings when on campus.

Most department staff and faculty continue to work remotely and can be contacted by email or phone. Research laboratories are continuing essential activities. Students, staff and faculty should check for updates and guidance on the University's COVID-19 information page. Stay safe.


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Nicholas A Delamere, PhD, Department Head
Department Head, Physiology
Professor, Department of Physiology
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science

Faculty Spotlight

Q&A with Physiology Assistant Professor Paulo Pires, MD

Paulo W. Pires, PhD, joined the Department of Physiology in 2019. He received his PhD from Michigan State University and came to the UArizona from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno.


Physiology student benefits from Laura and Arch Brown scholarship

Physiology major Julia Valgento, recipient of the Laura and Arch Brown Scholarship, is one of the students featured in the video "Wildcats give back: President Robbins' perspective.

Student and Alumni Spotlight

Co-authorship is Silver Lining for Undergraduate Researcher

As a physiology major and undergraduate researcher, one of Eduardo Gamez’s goal prior to his May 2020 graduation was to finish his Honors College thesis, but the pandemic had other plans.

Recent News

UArizona to Lead Statewide Outreach to Reduce Disparities in COVID-19 Research, Clinical Studies
Oct 29 2020

The Arizona portion of an 11-state effort, funded by a $12 million federal award, to address the uneven impact of the pandemic on racial and ethnic minority communities will be led by the UArizona Health Sciences.

Physiology Honors Students
Oct 15 2020

In-keeping with the wonderful virtual events surrounding Family Weekend, we in the Physiology Department would like to pay tribute to the many outstanding students in our Physiology Undergraduate Program and celebrate your outstanding academic achievements during the 2019-2020 school year -- that is, last fall and spring.

A Research Scientist, Doing the Heavy Lifting
Oct 8 2020

Andrea Jeffers Wellington was featured in a scientist spotlight about her work in a research lab at the University of Arizona that studies diabetic retinopathy, hopeful that this work will ultimately lead to solutions that will help prevent sight-threatening damage.