• Multitasking Amygdala Neurons Respond to Sights, Sounds, and Touch

    A recent study by Dr. Katalin Gothard and colleagues looked at how amygdala neurons that respond to touch also respond to imagery and sounds. These cells may provide the building blocks needed to process multi-sensory social and emotional information.

  • Reconnecting the Disconnected: UA Physiology Professor Receives $1.2M NIH Grant to Use AI to Restore Movement in Paralyzed Limbs

    When a person is paralyzed by a stroke or an injury, the brain and the neuron networks that control movement become disconnected from the muscles. Dr. Andrew Fuglevand is using artificial intelligence to stimulate multiple muscles to elicit natural movement in ways previous methods have been unable to do.

  • UA Physiology Researcher Continues Studies on Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy with $1.9 Million NIH Grant

    Although the numbers of nicotine patch and electronic cigarette users during pregnancy are increasing, new research suggests the use of nicotine-replacement therapy is an unsafe alternative to cigarettes. This five-year NIH grant will allow UA physiology researcher Dr. Ralph Fregosi to continue his studies on the short- and long-term developmental risks of nicotine exposure to pre- and post-natal health.


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 Physiology major is one of the most popular choices for UA undergraduates, and is the only undergraduate major 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

Dr. Ann Baldwin Honored with Humanitarian Heart Award

Physiology Professor Ann Baldwin, PhD, received the 2018 Humanitarian Heart Award from the Institute of HeartMath in recognition of her work toward the healing, enrichment and well-being of others.


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 Spotlight

Q&A with Zachary Ravnitzky, Physiology Senior and Vice President of Medicats

Zachary Ravnitzky, from Phoenix, Ariz., is a physiology senior, minoring in molecular and cellular biology. He also is the vice president of Mobile Medicats, a nonprofit run by undergraduate students to help Tucson’s homeless population.

Recent News

UA Physiology Exhibit Explains Heart Health and Heart Disease at the Tucson Festival of Books Science City
Mar 12 2019

The UA Department of Physiology and the UA Physiology Club participate in Science City again this year with an exhibit focusing on the Heart in Health and Disease.

Investigating the Mind-Body Dialogue
Mar 5 2019

Everyone knows our brain controls our body, but how does our body influence our brain?

The UA Department of Physiology Welcomes Two New Faculty Members
Feb 14 2019

Joining the Department of Physiology are Paulo W. Pires, PhD, as assistant professor and Juliana Lessa Sacoman, PhD, as senior lecturer.