• Physiology Researcher to Investigate Gene Therapy to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

    Dr. Paulo Pires pilot study will test the possibility of modifying an existing gene to improve the brain’s vascular function to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

  • UArizona Awarded $60 Million to Lead Precision Aging Network

    The network, established with funding from the National Institutes of Health, has the the ultimate goal of developing more effective brain-aging treatments and interventions targeted to the individual.

  • UArizona Physiology Clinical Trial to Study a Simple Breathing Exercise for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Funded by a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, a Phase II clinical trial will assess whether inspiratory muscle training can lower blood pressure and improve vascular health in adults with obstructive sleep apnea and hypertension.


COVID-19 Response

The Department of Physiology along with the rest of the University of Arizona are excited for a new beginning in Fall 2021. Most courses on Campus will return to fully in-person formats in the fall, with some courses offered as flex in-person as public safety requires. All in-person classrooms will adhere to CDC guidelines. We will continue to offer select Live Online and iCourse options for those students who are not yet comfortable returning to in-person classes. Students planning to learn completely remotely/online should enroll in Live Online or iCourses. In-person and flex in-person course formats require some in-person participation and cannot be modified for fully remote learning. Students, staff and faculty should check for updates and guidance on the University's COVID-19 information page. We look forward to welcoming you back!


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

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Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Physiology stands strongly by our commitment to welcome and treat everybody with equity and respect for our common and undeniable humanity. We recognize that individuals are endowed with significant differences including sex, age, skin color, height and build, needs, abilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, geographical origins, cultural habits, and more. 

We are determined to continually cultivate an environment unequivocally anti-racist, where students, staff, and faculty feel safe to share, learn, and grow. We encourage everybody to join in these efforts, by taking every opportunity to educate ourselves in, and develop a strong responsibility to, supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in academia and research. 

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Faculty Spotlight

Q&A with Assistant Professor Christopher Banek, PhD

Dr. Chris Banek joined the UArizona Physiology Department because of the multiple avenues for collaborative research with multiple fields and areas. The exchange of ideas and peer mentoring has been outstanding, he says, and very helpful in this early stage in his career. Learn more about Dr. Banek's research, the courses he is teaching, and what he likes to do in his free time.


Why Physiology and Medical Sciences?

One of a five-part video series that have students answering questions about their challenges, career goals and why they chose to major in physiology.

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

Clinical Trial to Study a Breathing Exercise for Sleep Apnea
Aug 3 2021

A new clinical trial will assess the impact of inspiratory muscle training on blood pressure in adults with obstructive sleep apnea and hypertension.

UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education Welcomes First Class
Jun 28 2021

The UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson has accepted six high school graduates in a new program that reduces the time to a medical degree to seven years.

NIH Grant To Fund Medical Scientist Training Program
Jun 16 2021

The Medical Scientist Training Program is designed to train students planning careers in academic medicine or biomedical research.