• 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
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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.


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

Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference To Focus On Mental Health and Resiliency
May 12 2021

Jordan Karp, MD, an expert on mental health in the aging population, will deliver the keynote address at the Arizona Arthritis Center’s Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference.

In Memoriam: Paul C. Johnson
Mar 24 2021

Professor Emeritus Paul C. Johnson, founding faculty member of the College of Medicine – Tucson and the first head of the Department of Physiology, died Feb. 21 at the age of 93.

Match Day Marks Next Step for Future Doctors
Mar 19 2021

On Match Day, about 120 UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson students learned where they’ll launch their careers as new residents after graduation.