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Physiology and Biophysics Educational Programs

The Guyton building at nightThe Department of Physiology and Biophysics has an outstanding legacy of scholarship and research. Since the UMMC campus opened in 1955, our faculty have contributed much to the field.  

When former chair Dr. Arthur Guyton submitted an National Institutes of Health proposal to study “Cardiovascular dynamics and their control” in 1967, no one would have expected this program grant to stay active for half a century. Today, every member of our department – faculty and trainees – have somehow benefited from this long-running award.

As one of the top 10 NIH-funded physiology departments in the United States, our faculty and trainees are involved in world-class research that seeks to understand how the human body functions in health and disease. Our current specialties include cardiovascular and renal physiology, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and preeclampsia.

Department faculty oversee several multidisciplinary research initiatives at UMMC, including the Cardiovascular Renal Research Center, the Women’s Health Research Center, the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research and the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Our laboratory research facilities include microscopy, histology, transgenic models, computer simulations, animal phenotyping, imaging, and analytical and assay services. These facilities serve our department as well as others at UMMC.