Welcome to the
Department of Physiology & Biophysics
at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Our faculty members train graduate PhD students for independent careers
in biomedical research and teach professional students the fundamental
principles of physiology and biophysics. We also are actively engaged in
scientific research in a variety of areas that focus particularly on the
cellular, molecular and developmental biology of the nervous system.
We also serve on a wide range of local and national committees and
professional organizations, and we are committed to programs aimed at
increasing diversity and strengthening underrepresented minorities in our
institution. In short, the mission of the department is to teach, to perform
scholarly work, and to be of service to the academic community.
In addition to the core faculty, the department comprises administrative and laboratory staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and joint appointees. Fellows and students can be found under the home page of their faculty mentor.
Current research projects under investigation cover a broad range of biological problems such as the control of secretion of oxytocin and vasopressin from the hypothalamus (Sladek), recycling of synaptic vesicles (Betz), transduction and modulation of signals in the olfactory bulb (Schoppa), mechanisms of sound localization in mammals (Tollin), the role of glia and spontaneous secretion of transmitter in the brain (Vijayaraghavan), characterization of sodium channel isoforms in excitable cells (Levinson), regulation of potassium channel expression during development (Ribera), excitation-contraction coupling (Beam), molecular physiology of cardiac pacemaking (Proenza), processing of sound information in the auditory brainstem (Klug), neurophysiology of making decisions and initiating actions (Felsen), and neurophysiology of the cerebellum (Person).
This broad array of research projects requires the use of an equally broad assortment of cutting edge techniques and instruments. These include advanced electrophysiology, a wide array of molecular biological tools, multiple types of optical microscopes, electron microscopy, and novel biochemical (including photochemical) tools.
The faculty are also active participants in interdepartmental programs, including MSTP, Neuroscience, Cell & Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering and Immunology.
Click here for a list of all graduate training programs.