Graduate Degree Programs
The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology offers both Master’s and PhD programs to fit a broad range of career interests—from biomedical research and careers in bioindustries to preparation for professional school admission. The degree programs are designed to capitalize on the faculty’s expertise in cardiovascular, renal, neural, gastrointestinal and pulmonary physiology. Most graduates of these programs have found positions in universities, frequently in a medical school setting. The doctoral program consists of academic course work, research and teaching experience.
Since graduate study is a highly individualized enterprise, additional advanced courses taken by each student depend to some extent on interest and previous training. Instruction to small groups of students in advanced areas of physiology is an important feature of the program. Graduate training in the department reflects the modern view of physiology as an integrative science, utilizing information obtained from several different levels to gain a better understanding of organ system functions. Modern techniques are used to study physiological responses at the molecular, cellular and whole-organ levels. Changes in gene expression, protein function and intracellular events are integrated with changes in organ function.
The specific research interests of most of the Physiology faculty can be grouped under five principal themes: cardiovascular physiology, cell growth and development, respiratory biology, renal physiology, signal transduction mechanisms and disease processes. The choice of research specialization within these themes is left to the student. Training in teaching is an important component of graduate study and advanced students have the opportunity to gain experience in preparing and delivering lectures through a number of innovative mechanisms that have been incorporated into this education program.
Doctoral students interested in pursuing a PhD in Cellular and Integrative Physiology at IU School of Medicine initially enter the graduate program through the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) program for PhD Study. After the first year of study in the shared curriculum, graduate students interested in Cellular & Integrative Physiology select a faculty mentor from the department’s primary faculty or from the department’s adjunct faculty to serve as thesis advisor.
Students interested in entering the graduate pre-professional Master of Science (MS) program matriculate directly with the department and are required to attend an orientation session to learn about the curriculum.