Department News

Assistant Professor Elaine Hsiao and Graduate Christine Olson featured in UCLA Newsroom

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UCLA Professor David Glanzman featured in CBC News

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May 29 2018
Eric Deeds
Crosstalk, heterogeneity and the physiology of intracellular communication
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May 31 2018
Alison Hill
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Faculty Spotlight

James Tidball

I'm interested in understanding how the immune system interacts with muscle. Discoveries in the lab have shown that the immune system can regulate muscle growth and regeneration, and can also have a great influence on the course of pathology in muscular dystrophy...

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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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