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Physiology Department

The Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to quality in research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The research interests of our faculty are broadly based, with strong programs in cardiovascular physiology, renal physiology, respiratory physiology, physiological genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology. Read more about the Department of Physiology


Learn more about our PhD Program in Physiology.

We are currently accepting applications for our Master's in Medical Physiology Program.

Recent Awards

The department of physiology would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following department members:

Shauna Rasmussen, 5th year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Aron Geurts, for winning the 26th Annual Graduate School Poster Session with her poster titled Utilization of immune compromised rats for allogeneic rat hepatocyte transplant model.

Dr. Justine Abais-Battad, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Dave Mattson, for winning the 26th Annual Graduate School Poster Session with her poster titled Influence of Parental Dietary Protein Source on Dahl Salt-Sensitive Hypertension and Renal Disease.

Dr. Abais-Battad also received the $1,000 Edward J. Lennon, MD Award for an Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher for 2016.

Maria Angeles Baker, graduate student in Dr. Liang's lab, for successful defense of her thesis entitled miR-192-5p in the Kidney is Protective against the Development of Hypertension.

Three medical students who spent the summer conducting research in the labs of several physiology faculty received awards for their posters:

  • 6th place: Scott Sandy, mentored by Dr. Geurts, poster titled CRISPR/Cas9 ex vivo gene editing of rat primary hepatocytes as a potential therapeutic model for genetic disease.
  • 7th place: Kristen Winsor, mentored by Dr. Staruschenko, poster titled Atrial Natriuretic Peptide knockout exacerbates renal and cardiac damage in salt sensitive hypertension.
  • Tied for 10th: Sophie Miller, mentored by Dr. Kriegel, poster titled The Mechanistic Role of miR-21-5p and PPAR in CKD-Related NAFLD and Dyslipidemia.

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Physiology Seminar "Evaluation of Patient-specific MTERF4 Variants in Gene-edited iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes" Sept. 6

09-06-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMBasic Science Building, Physiology Conference Room 576

Maribel Marquez Graduate Student—Geurts Lab "Evaluation of patient-specific MTERF4 variants in gene-edited iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes"

Physiology Seminar "Information Security Updates" Sept. 20

09-20-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMBasic Science Building, Physiology Conference Room 576

Greg McQuestion Systems Manager "Information Security Updates"

Physiology Seminar "Bidirectional Cholesterol Transport: Role in Obesity and Atherosclerosis" Sept. 27

09-27-20178:30 AM  - 9:30 AMBasic Science Building, Physiology Conference Room 576

Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD Professor of Medicine "Bidirectional Cholesterol Transport: Role in Obesity and Atherosclerosis"

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Recent News

Dr. Mingyu Liang honored with 2017 Distinguished Lectureship in Physiological Genomics Research

May 26 - Dr. Mingyu Liang, MD, PhD, director of the Center of Systems Molecular Medicine and professor & eminent scholar in physiology, has been named the 2017 Distinguished Lectureship Awardee in Physiological Genomics Research. Dr. Liang gave a presentation titled, The Essential Role of Physiological Genomics in Precision Medicine, at the Experimental Biology Conference in Chicago

MCW Researchers Receive $1.7 Million Grant to Investigate Genetic Factors in Cardiovascular Disease

Oct. 19 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate genetic factors involved with cardiovascular diseases.

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Department of Physiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8266 | Phys_info@mcw.edu

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