Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Program

Physiology is a basic medical science that involves investigation into the mechanisms that control normal body function. This includes the study of individual body components and also, how these components interact at the level of the whole organism. Modern physiology encompasses the use of techniques which allow study of molecular biology, cell physiology, functions at the organ level, as well as the coordinated control of overall body functions by the endocrine and nervous systems. An understanding of normal physiological functions is essential before we can expect to understand, prevent or cure disease. The Physiology and Pharmacology Department at West Virginia University maintains both Masters and Doctoral programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. These graduate degree programs are designed to provide a broad background for students by requiring an in-depth understanding of all major areas within physiology. The research interests of our faculty encompass most major areas in the physiological sciences. This diversity enables the student to specialize in cardiovascular, cellular, endocrine, neural, renal or respiratory physiology. In addition, students may learn approaches and techniques of related fields including anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology and molecular biology. This multi-disciplinary approach to physiology opens up a variety of career opportunities for the graduating student. Our graduate programs emphasize close interactions between the faculty and students, enhanced by a high faculty-to-student ratio. Through this interaction students receive their most valuable training; namely, how to approach problems logically and design experiments that lead to meaningful results.

Graduate Advisory Committee

A photo of Robert Brock.

Robert Brock, PhD

West Virginia University
Position
Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone
304-293-1518
A photo of John Connors.

John M. Connors, PhD

West Virginia University
Position
Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone
304-293-1507
A photo of Patti Erdely.

Patti Erdely

West Virginia University
Position
Adjunct, Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone
304-285-5881
A photo of Stanley Hileman.

Stanley M Hileman, PhD

West Virginia University
Positions
Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Associate Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
Phone
304-293-1502
A photo of Timothy Nurkiewicz.

Timothy R Nurkiewicz, PhD

West Virginia University
Position
Professor, Associate Chair of Research, Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone
304-293-7328
A photo of HanGang Yu.

HanGang Yu, PhD

West Virginia University
Position
Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone
304-293-2324