• Uncovering the Mind-Body Connection of Touch

    Drawing upon inspiration from an orphanage in Romania, Dr. Katalin Gothard aims to understand how the physical and social aspects of touch translate to emotion within the brain.

  • 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.


Diversity and Inclusion

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. 

The Department of Physiology 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. We are committed to intentionally cultivating a department environment that is unequivocally anti-racist, where all of our students feel welcome to share, learn, and grow during their experience at the University of Arizona and in the Physiology and Medical Sciences program. Many of our students have dreams to continue into careers in research, teaching, medicine, and many other helping professions. As such, we recognize that we have a responsibility to lead by example and encourage our students to build or strengthen their commitment to being anti-racist and foster an environment of inclusion and diversity.

We encourage all members of our community to learn about the history of racism and its appearance within the research and medical fields. We encourage you to find meaningful ways to show solidarity and stand against racism and hate in all its forms. 

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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

Dr. Zoe Cohen Appointed Director of COM-T Baccalaureate Programs, APME, and HEAP.
Feb 23 2021

Zoe Cohen, PhD, has been appointed director of College of Medicine -Tucson (COM-T) Baccalaureate Programs, the Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education (APME), and the Honors College Early Assurance Program (HEAP).

UArizona Health Sciences Faculty Elected Senior Members of National Academy of Inventors
Feb 19 2021

Drs. Meredith Hay and May Khanna are being recognized by the National Academy of Inventors for their dedication to advancing research technologies.

UArizona Health Sciences Excels in Latest Blue Ridge Rankings on NIH Funding
Feb 17 2021

Increases in total National Institutes of Health funding have led to higher rankings for several colleges and departments.