Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics offers graduate training in contemporary physiology and biophysics and has a program leading to the PhD degree. The major goals of the program are to provide students with a broad knowledge base in organ systems and integrated physiology and in-depth expertise and outstanding research potential in the fields of cellular and molecular physiology and biophysics. These goals are accomplished by a series of foundation and advanced topic courses, skill development courses, laboratory rotations, and thesis research.
The graduate program in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics fosters and nurtures the intellectual growth of our graduate students, to achieve the highest standards of quality in scientific research and education, and to produce outstanding scientists who will be capable of independent basic research. In an effort to meet these goals, we provide students with a factual basis for understanding the function of each organ system and the interrelationship of these organ systems in maintaining integrative whole body as well as cellular homeostasis. We teach the scientific method as an analytic approach to physiologic research, including teaching the students how to critically evaluate data, as well as to search and critically evaluate the scientific literature. We provide an environment that encourages and facilitates the trainees' development of independent and creative approaches to research problems. The program is directed toward familiarizing students with contemporary concepts and trends in physiology and related areas, both through scholarship and laboratory practice.
Department of Molecular Physiology
1020 Locust Street
Jefferson Alumni Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107