• Search Underway for College of Medicine – Tucson’s Physiology Department Head

    Candidates are invited to apply for the position by October 3, 2022

  • 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.



The University of Arizona will continue in-person learning for the 2022 fall semester. All in-person classrooms adhere to CDC guidelines. Students planning to learn completely remotely/online should enroll in Live Online or iCourses. You can find information about which format your courses will be in UAccess Student Center. Students, staff and faculty should check for updates and guidance on the University's COVID-19 information page. The Department of Physiology is happy to welcome you back for the Fall 2022 semester.


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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

Ike Chinyere, PhD, earned a prestigious scholarship

Senior MD/PhD student and Department of Physiology alumni Ike Chinyere, PhD, was awarded a Biosense Webster Inc. medical student scholarship through the Association of Black Cardiologists earlier this month at the 2022 ABC gala in Atlanta.

Recent News

"5 Deep Breathing Exercises to Try When You Really Need a Minute"
Aug 8 2022

Dr. Fiona Bailey was featured in a Self Magazine article titled, "5 Deep Breathing Exercises to Try When You Really Need a Minute".

White Coat Ceremony Celebrates Next Generation of Physicians
Aug 3 2022

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson medical students received their white coats representing their future profession on July 29 at Centennial Hall.

Remembering the Legacy of Dr. William Dantzler
Jun 27 2022

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the sudden and unexpected death of our colleague, William Dantzler, MD, PhD, a member of the Founding Faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He was widely regarded as the foremost international authority on comparative renal physiology and is remembered for his warmth, wisdom and respect. His passing leaves a large void, and he is greatly missed by many in our community.