The Physiology Department at the Wayne State University School of Medicine is dedicated to broadening our understanding of living systems at all levels.
From cardiovascular disease to endocrine signaling, and from cellular transport to invasive species, our research on living organisms is at the forefront of novel discoveries to protect human health. Our research and teaching takes an integrated approach, with methods ranging from modern molecular genetics and biochemistry (nanotechnology and proteomics) to cutting-edge in vitro (isolated cell and organ function), and normal and pathologic in function in vivo (genetically modified animal models of human diseases). Our faculty and students use diverse experimental systems, including cultured cells, mouse, rat, rabbit, dog and fruit fly, as well as translational studies with human subjects. Departmental coursework and available thesis topics cover neural, pulmonary, cardiovascular, muscular, renal and reproductive biology, seeking to use a molecular mechanism-based systems biology approach to understand health and disease in the human body. We offer broad training that prepares our students and postdocs for careers in academia, medicine or industry.
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Muscle Contractility & Cell Motillity Research Forum
- Department of Physiology reaches historically high ranking for NIH funding
- Adrian Vasquez: ‘Cook Book’ water mite encyclopedia author donates $10,000 to boost Ph.D. graduate’s research project
- Anthony Anzell-Man swims across Torch Lake to raise awareness for HHT
- NIH awards Dr. O’Leary another R01 grant for heart failure-exercise study