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Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Physiology is a dynamic life science that focuses on the study of biological systems at many levels of complexity; ranging from genes and molecules to cells and organisms. As such, training in physiology has the ultimate goal of linking molecular and cellular information to functional outcomes.

Currently, groundbreaking research and discovery in the life sciences are more interdisciplinary than ever, and students studying within the realm of physiology can expect to work with a wider range of scientists than their predecessors could ever have imagined. Recognizing this, the Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Program at West Virginia University was created. The program provides a multidisciplinary approach to modern life sciences, drawing on faculty expertise from several departments and centers in the School of Medicine to:

  • foster cross disciplinary academic and research collaboration
  • support student mobility
  • encourage extracurricular participation

The Program’s participating research faculty consist of scientists from the Center for Cardiovascular & Respiratory Sciences, NIOSH, Center for Neuroscience, and the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. As such, this multidimensional Program includes activities in integrative and systems physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, translational research, small animal physiology, biomedical engineering and biophysics. It also integrates information from genetics, functional genomics and proteomics into whole animal and human physiology. This interactive and cross-disciplinary environment, together with an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm and passion for scientific discovery, makes our program a uniquely exciting place for doing research and the training of students.

Specific topics of research emphasis include:

  • Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Control in Health and Disease
  • Microcirculation and Cellular Biophysics
  • Respiratory Function and Control in Health and Disease
  • Neuroendocrine Control of Reproduction
  • Neural Control of Sensory Physiology

The goal of the Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Program is to engage students in creating a new approach to the life sciences, with the aim of explaining how the higher-level properties of complex systems appear from the interactions amongst their parts. Students will leave our Program better able to identify important unsolved scientific problems, and with an appreciation of how to select problems for which quantitative and theoretical approaches will be most productive.

Robert Brock, Ph.D., Program Director
Robert Brock, Ph.D., Program Director
(304) 293-1518
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