• 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.

  • UA Physiology Researcher Receives $2.1M Grant to Study How the Brain Processes Emotion and Social Touch

    New research by Katalin Gothard, MD, PhD, on the brain’s role in determining emotional responses to touch could lead to a better understanding of social and mental disorders.

  • UA Health Sciences Research Identifies Brain Inflammation As Potential Target to Treat Tinnitus

    The discovery by Dr. Shaowen Bao and his colleagues could lead to new treatments to silence tinnitus for millions of sufferers.

Diversity and 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 peaceful 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:

PSIO classes will be taught online in Summer Session. (Information for enrolled students is posted on D2L). The University is planning to be open for the Fall 2020 semester. While we do not yet know all the details, PSIO classes will be taught with options for hybrid face-to-face and online learning, under modified conditions, provided that state and local authorities permit it.

Department staff and faculty are working 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 and the department's COVID-19 response

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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

Pandemic Provides Unique Learning Experience for Journalism Students
Jun 24 2020

The pandemic presented a once-in-a-career opportunity for UArizona student journalists, including Amit Syal, physiology major and the Wildcat's assistant news editor and health and science reporter.

UArizona Names Surgeon General Carmona to Lead Campus Reentry Plan
May 27 2020

University of Arizona president, Dr. Robert Robbins announced in April his plans to resume in-person classes Aug. 24, bringing back 45,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff for fall 2020.

UArizona Researchers Investigate How COVID-19 Impacts the Brain
May 15 2020

COVID-19’s impact on the respiratory system is well-documented, but what does it do to the brain? University of Arizona researchers hope to answer that question by studying people who had the disease.