• 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.

  • 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.


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!


University Coronavirus Response          contact our advisors 

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 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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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.