• 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.

  • How One Email From You Could Help Students Succeed

    In this reprinted article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, the UA's Zoe Cohen explains how her use of email "nudges" – personalized messages that encouraged students who performed poorly on an exam – led to better grades.

  • UA Team Tackles Better Brain Health

    A trial will look at whether a naturally occurring compound, known as angiotensin 1-7, relieves cognitive deficits after heart bypass. The UA collaborators include a cardiologist, a physiologist and a psychologist.


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

Zoe Cohen Recognized for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Mentoring

Zoe Cohen, PhD, was one of seven professors who were honored for demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and mentoring at the UA Awards of Distinction ceremony March 21.


P-MIG Conference Slideshow

2018 Physiology Majors Interest Group (P-MIG) Conference: The University of Arizona Department of Physiology hosted the second annual Physiology Majors Interest Group (P-MIG) Conference in June.

Student Spotlight

A Calmer Horse Is Just a Sniff Away

Two years after her graduation, Isabelle Chea's undergraduate thesis on equine aromatherapy has been reborn as a published research paper in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

Recent News

PSIO Major in Running for Homecoming Court!
Oct 25 2018

Vote for Physiology major Ahmed Al-Shamari who is in the running for Homecoming King!

It can be good to stray from swim, bike, run
Oct 9 2018

Experts say switching sports and increasing exercise variety can help people become more three-dimensional athletes. "People often don't realize that rowing is such a good leg exercise, along with working your core and back," said Zoe Cohen, an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at the UA.

Communication is key, for people and for cells
Oct 8 2018

Physiology Professor Janis Burt's research lab examines how cells communicate with each other.