• New Name for Physiology Bachelor’s Degree at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

    Changing the major’s name to Physiology and Medical Sciences and revising graduation requirements will give students an appreciation for the diversity of disciplines and careers supported by a foundation in physiology.

  • Multitasking Amygdala Neurons Respond to Sights, Sounds, and Touch

    A recent study by Dr. Katalin Gothard and colleagues looked at how amygdala neurons that respond to touch also respond to imagery and sounds. These cells may provide the building blocks needed to process multi-sensory social and emotional information.

  • Reconnecting the Disconnected: UA Physiology Professor Receives $1.2M NIH Grant to Use AI to Restore Movement in Paralyzed Limbs

    When a person is paralyzed by a stroke or an injury, the brain and the neuron networks that control movement become disconnected from the muscles. Dr. Andrew Fuglevand is using artificial intelligence to stimulate multiple muscles to elicit natural movement in ways previous methods have been unable to do.


Welcome from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona. We offer and participate in courses and programs for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. The Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Medical Sciences is one of the most popular choices for UA students, and is one of only two undergraduate degrees offered through the College of Medicine. Our research laboratories are known for groundbreaking discoveries, as well as for training the next generation of research scientists and health-care professionals.

Nicholas A Delamere, PhD, Department Head

Faculty Spotlight

Different Approach to Understanding Brain and Blood Flow

The combination of math and physiology research could help people avoid stroke. Listen to the radio interviews with physiology professor Tim Secomb on Arizona Science an on Arizona Public Media.


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 Spotlight

Physiology Alumnus Demonstrates Success

Marisela Mariscal, MD, one of the first students to participate in the Pre-medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) program — an intensive medical school prep program for those who have faced greater-than-average challenges — has graduated from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Recent News

Outstanding 2019 Physiology Graduates
Jun 13 2019

Meet some of the Department of Physiology award-winning graduates.

Professor Betty Atwater Recognized As Best Faculty Mentor
May 16 2019

Anne E. (Betty) Atwater, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Physiology, was one of seven faculty members who received the 2019 Faculty Mentoring Award.

Professor Zoe Cohen Receives UA’s Five-Star Faculty Award
Apr 23 2019

For excellence in teaching and mentoring, Zoe Cohen, PhD, of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Physiology, has received the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award.