Department News

Professor Peter Narins Selected for 2019 Association for Research in Otolaryngology Award of Merit

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Professor Grace Xiao featured in UCLA Newsroom

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February 19 2019
Claudio Villanueva
Tales from the Cold: Mechanisms of Thermogenesis and the Impact on Metabolism
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February 21 2019
Michael Ibba
Translational control of bacterial adaptation and antibiotic resistance
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February 21 2019
Gil Rosenthal
Mate Choice and its Consequences
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Faculty Spotlight

Rachelle Crosbie

Our laboratory is focused on understanding the function of protein complexes that cause muscular dystrophy and identifying novel mechanisms of therapeutic intervention. Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of childhood dystrophy, is caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene that result in loss of dystrophin protein and the entire dystrophin-glycoprotein complex.

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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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