Department News

Professor Alan Garfinkel Awarded the Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship at Oxford for 2019-2020

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Popular Mechanics Magazine Honors Professor Xia Yang and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla with 2016 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

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Faculty Spotlight

Xia Yang

Dr. Xia Yang I research common metabolic disorders such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and obesity represent top health concerns worldwide. These diseases are not only highly interconnected but also linked to various other diseases such as cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.

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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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