Mission Statement

The mission of our department is to foster a research-intensive environment aimed at transformative scientific discoveries, and to mentor next generation scientists through advanced training programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees, and to translate our discoveries into tangible improvements in people’s lives.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We strive to create and maintain a diverse, inclusive and collaborative work environment where everyone feels safe, supported and valued, and where all voices are heard. We empower the members of our community to freely and openly share their different views, ideas, and experiences.  We believe that diversity in backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is crucial for driving innovation and excellence in our research. The Department welcomes people from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are dedicated to promoting equity and equality in our lab and in our field.


  • Elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological function
  • Understand how pathological alterations of these processes result in disease
  • Develop novel research tools to understand physiology at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level.


  • Provide the Physiology portions of the integrated Medical School curriculum
  • Support education of graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Train students to receive their PhDs in Molecular and Cellular Physiology or in Biophysics
  • Mentor the research of MD/PhD students in the Medical Scientist Training Program


The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics is housed on the 4th and 1st floors of Pinn Hall and on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Sheridan Snyder Translational Research Building.  Some of our faculty reside in research space of the Center for Membrane and Cell Physiology in Pinn Hall and the Snyder Building and some in space of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center in Medical Research Buildings MR4 and MR5.