Physiology and Neurobiology

Department Head

Professor J. Larry Renfro


Crivello, de Blas, Gallo, LoTurco, Moiseff, Nishiyama, Renfro, Wang

Associate Professors

Cantino, Conover, Mulkey, Tzingounis and Walikonis

Assistant Professors

Jackson, Kanadia, Menuz, Schwartz, and Sun

Associate Professor in Residence


Assistant Professors in Residence

Filipovic, Redden, and Tanner



Physiology and Neurobiology includes the following major areas of research:

(1) Neurobiology – cellular and comparative neurobiology with emphasis on neural integration of behavior patterns, synaptic transmission, developmental neurobiology, glial cell biology, regulation and biophysics of ion channels, neuronal mechanisms of calcium and pH regulation, molecular neurobiology and functional neuroanatomy;

(2) Physiology – evolution of physiological adaptations in higher organisms, gastrointestinal and hepatic biology, comparative aspects of osmotic and ionic regulation in vertebrates, transepithelial ion and water transport, renal physiology, muscle physiology, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology.

Interdisciplinary Study


This is an interdisciplinary area of concentration. Neuroscience is concerned with the structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system and its relation to the adaptive physiology and behavior of the organism. Students in this program may approach the full range of neuroscience studies through courses and research at the cellular, systemic, and organismic levels. A particular strength of the area is the analysis of behavior, its development, and its neurological bases. This area of concentration is offered in the fields of study of pharmaceutical science, physiology and neurobiology, and psychology. Application is made to the preferred field of study, but the applicant must be acceptable to the Neuroscience Committee.

Metabolic Biology

Multiple and complementary disciplines in areas of drug-induced liver damage and tissue adaptation, liver development and drug metabolism, nuclear receptor regulation of fatty liver, liver fibrosis and cancer, and integrative metabolomics. The combined approaches make full use of cutting-edge tools in systems biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and high throughput analyses, including transcriptomics (RNA-seq), genomics (MeDIP), metabolomics (GC/MS), and proteomics (LC-MS/MS).

Biomedical Engineering Program

The Department of Physiology and Neurobiology participates in a joint program with the School of Engineering for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary work in which biological and engineering disciplines are interrelated. Applicants may have primary training in biology or physical sciences. For information with regard to the biological engineering program, students should contact the PNB Office (860-486-3290).

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