• 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.


Welcome from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona. We offer and participate in courses and programs for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. The Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Medical Sciences is one of the most popular choices for UA students, and is one of only two undergraduate degrees offered through the College of Medicine. Our research laboratories are known for groundbreaking discoveries, as well as for training the next generation of research scientists and health-care professionals.

Nicholas A Delamere, PhD, Department Head

Faculty Spotlight

Faculty and Alum Dr. Allyson Roof

As a University of Arizona alum and Physiology faculty member, Dr. Allyson Roof is a Wildcat through and through!


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

Physiology Alum Research Part of Scholarly Project

Evan Austin, a UA physiology graduate, is a third-year medical student at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. For his Scholarly Project, Evan is working with John Chang, MD, a radiologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, investigating the clinical utility of PI-RADS scores, a structured reporting scheme for evaluating the prostate for prostate cancer.

Recent News

Physiology Students/Alums Featured in Wildcat Country; Distributed to 500,000 Readers
Dec 5 2019

October 2019 University of Arizona Department of Physiology students and alumni were featured prominently in the 2019 edition of Wildcat Country, a special 40-page insert promoting the UArizona, Wildcat Country was distributed in the Arizona Daily Star and the Arizona Republic to more than 500,000 Arizonans.

Outstanding 2019 Physiology Graduates
Jun 13 2019

Meet some of the Department of Physiology award-winning graduates.

Professor Betty Atwater Recognized As Best Faculty Mentor
May 16 2019

Anne E. (Betty) Atwater, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Physiology, was one of seven faculty members who received the 2019 Faculty Mentoring Award.