Department News

Professor David Glanzman Elected as a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Professor Gordon Fain publishes new edition of his book Sensory Transduction

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December 12 2019
Christine Disteche
Structure and regulation of the X chromosome and role in sex differences
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Faculty Spotlight

Art Arnold

We study the biological factors that make males and females different. Sex differences are found throughout the body, in numerous tissues, and in the susceptibility to disease. In mammals and birds, gonadal hormones cause many sex differences.

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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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