Welcome to the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona!

Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Tucson community, our department stands at the forefront of groundbreaking discoveries and innovative teaching methods that shape the future of healthcare and biomedical sciences.

Whether you are a student, a researcher, or a visitor, please explore our website and join us on a journey of discovery, learning, and innovation as we continue to push the boundaries of knowledge in physiology.

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Dr. Banek on the Science Talks Podcast


Dr. Banek featured on Science Talks podcast

Assistant Professor of Physiology Christopher Banek, PhD, was featured on a recent episode of the BIO5 Institute's Science Talks podcast. Dr. Banek discussed his journey from writer to scientist, and how manipulating the body’s nervous system is the next frontier for treating cardiovascular and kidney diseases.  Read more.

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Publication Highlights

Coronary plaque sampling for omic analysis

Much of our understanding of human coronary atherosclerosis is extrapolated from studies of animal models or expired patients. 

The Liang group and their collaborators developed a coronary plaque sampling approach that could be applied broadly in live patients.  Their approach combined RNA retrieval directly from balloons used in percutaneous coronary intervention and inexpensive, low-input RNA-Seq. 

They studied 27 patients and obtained novel insights into human coronary plaque pathology. Read more

Meredith Hay, PhD

Major Grants

Dr. Hay earns grant to develop new therapeutics for vascular dementia

The National Institute on Aging, an institute within the National Institutes of Health, recently awarded Meredith Hay, PhD, professor of physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, a four-year, $8,817,641 grant to continue her team’s work on developing new therapeutics to treat vascular dementia, which is the second-most common type of dementia and accounts for 17% to 30% of all cases of dementia according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.  Read more about the grant.

Randi B. Weinstein, PhD, receives her faculty award


Dr. Weinstein earns College of Medicine – Tucson faculty teaching award

Randi B. Weinstein, PhD, senior physiology lecturer, was presented with the Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, Undergraduate Medical Curriculum award. Learn more about this award.

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Research Spotlight

Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance in diabetes

Insulin resistance is a prominent feature of obesity and type 2 diabetes, which are both highly prevalent in the United States and present critical public health issues. Dr. Coletta’s laboratory aims to decipher the molecular mechanisms involved in skeletal muscle insulin resistance. Read more.

Noah Weaver and Andrew Prouty

Student & Alumni Highlights

Two physiology seniors earn University of Arizona awards

Congratulations to Noah Weaver, who won the Robie Gold Medal, and Andrew Prouty, who won the Robert L. Nugent Award at the May 10 University of Arizona graduation ceremony.

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Undergraduate Program

Explore the wonders of the human body and its intricate functions with our highly-regarded Physiology & Medical Sciences program at the University of Arizona! Learn about our curriculum and how you can customize your degree to prepare for your unique career and professional school goals.

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Graduate Programs

Unlock your potential and become a trailblazer in your field with the University of Arizona's Graduate Program. At the University of Arizona, physiologists are at the frontier of biomedical research. Our discoveries and techniques rapidly translate into clinical breakthroughs to treat and cure human diseases. 

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Where Expertise Meets Inspiration: Our diverse and accomplished faculty at the University of Arizona are shaping minds and advancing knowledge to build a brighter future for all.

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Proud Alumni, Powerful Legacy: The University of Arizona's graduates are leaders, innovators, and change-makers, driving positive impact worldwide.

Joao Luis Carvalho De Souza, PhD

Seminars & Events

“Two tales of cell excitability: optocapacitance and new heteromeric Kv channels”

Physiology STAR Seminar Series

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
11:00am - Medical Research Building
Joao Luis Carvalho De Souza, PhD - University of Arizona

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Funds from private philanthropy and government and institutional grants support the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona. While every source of funding is important, private philanthropic support is especially vital to the success of the department's research and teaching efforts. 

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