Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics is to create a research-intensive environment, providing advanced training to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees.


  • 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.