Department News

Professor Barney Schlinger elected President-Elect for the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

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UCLA Professor Emerita Judith L. Smith has been selected to receive the 2016 2017 Carole E. Goldberg Emeriti Service Award

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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Frye

My lab integrates biological and engineering techniques to investigate multi-sensory processing and sensory-motor integration at genetic, cell-circuit, and behavioral levels of organization in fruit flies. Making extensive use of state-of-the-art electronic flight and walking simulators ("virtual reality" for flies), we study how sensory signals are transformed into behavioral dynamics under conditions in which the animals actively control their sensory experience.

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Student Spotlight

Ronny Choe: Distinguished Teach Award 2016 more »


The Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (formerly the Department of Physiological Science) is dedicated to explaining the function of complex biological systems, in cells, organs, and individuals. The recent rapid advances in molecular and cell biology and genetics, including the sequencing of numerous genomes, has provided an unprecedented opportunity to use this new information to understand how the genes interact to produce emergent phenotypes in complex systems. The research of our faculty spans many levels. We use approaches that range from RNA interference to ion channel electrophysiology to genetic intervention in behavior to mathematical modeling to robotics, all to make sense of sensory, motor, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.

Educational Programs

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology offers the B.S. degree in Physiological Science, and contributes strongly to the Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program in
Neuroscience. The Department also offers a 2-year research-oriented M.S. program in Physiological Science. Ph.D. students in the Department come from a variety of interdepartmental programs, including, the Ph.D. Program in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology, and the Interdepartment Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience.

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