• Maintaining Transparency: Study to Focus on Causes of Cataracts

    Physiology researchers will use a $1.6 million National Eye Institute grant to study age-related lens cell changes that can lead to cataracts.

  • 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 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 welcomed a new beginning in Fall 2021. Most courses on Campus have returned to fully in-person formats, with some courses offered as flex in-person as public safety requires. All in-person classrooms adhere to CDC guidelines. We 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 are happy to welcome 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

Dr. Heddwen Brooks Elected to the American Physiological Society Leadership Council

Heddwen Brooks, PhD, professor of physiology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, has been elected as a councilor of the American Physiological Society (APS).


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

Trevor Nolan Tankersley earns university-wide award at the May 13 Commencement ceremony.

Trevor Nolan Tankersley is graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in physiology and medical sciences. Tankersley was born in Phoenix. Interested in health care and medicine, Tankersley joined Alpha Epsilon Delta his sophomore year of college, a national health pre-professional honors society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship. Through AED, Tankersley participated in many community-driven volunteering events and attended many health-oriented lectures. He also volunteered at Z Mansion, working with those experiencing homelessness, and the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation, an organization that engages young students interested in STEM who are underrepresented in these fields. Tankersley's strong interest in immunology started after an internship at a vaccine company. Additionally, his grandfather's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and subsequent decision to volunteer in Alzheimer's vaccine studies, inspired Tankersley to continue that legacy by working to help find a cure. Beginning in the summer of 2020, Tankersley began conducting research in the lab of former associate professor Hsin-Jung Joyce Wu in the Department of Immunobiology, studying the impact of the gut microbiota on the immune system, which became the focus of his senior thesis. Tankersley later joined the lab of Janko Nikolich-Žugich, professor and head of the Department of Immunobiology in the College of Medicine – Tucson, to continue conducting research, and he declared a second thesis focused on SARS-CoV-2 and modeling the disease in mice. Tankersley has been awarded the Wildcat Excellence Award and the Dean's Distinction Award. After graduation, Tankersley will work as a research technician in the Nikolich-Žugich lab, further honing his skills as a researcher. He then hopes to apply to graduate school and eventually obtain a doctorate in immunobiology.

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