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Department of Physiology


The Department of Physiology's goal is to train independent, creative, productive scholars in the physiological sciences. The department offers programs leading to the PhD. degree. A combined M.D./PhD. or D.M.D./PhD. degree program is available for students who obtain prior or concurrent admission to the Schools of Medicine or Dentistry respectively.

In all programs, extensive experience in the philosophy and performance of basic and biomedical research is stressed. By virtue of their inter-disciplinary training, the department's graduates compete successfully for positions in medical schools, universities, government and industry. 

 Physiology Department

Department of Physiology

 Recent Awards:

Adviye Ergul

Dr. Ergul has 4 paper accepted for publication in December 2015

  • Hafez, S., Hoda, M.N., Guo, X., Johnson, M.H., Fagan, S.C., and Ergul, A. Matrix metalloprotease 3 exacerbates hemorrhagic transformation and worsens functional outcomes in hyperglycemic stroke. Stroke. In Press.
  • Ward, R., and Ergul, A. Relationship of Endothelin-1 and NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation in HT22 Hippocampal Cells: Relevance to Cognitive Decline in Diabetes. Life Sci. In press.
  • Hardigan, T., Abdul, Y., and Ergul, A. Linagliptin reduces effects of ET-1 and TLR2 mediated cerebrovascular hyperreactivity in diabetes. Life Sci. In Press.
  • Abdelsaid, M., Williams, R., Hardigan, T., and Ergul, A Linagliptin attenuates diabetes-induced cerebral pathological neovascularization in a blood glucose-independent manner: Potential role of ET-1. Life Sci. In Press.

Eric Belin de Chantemele

Dr. Belin de Chantemele has been awarded a 5 year R01 grant: "1 R01 HL130301-01 entitled, Aldosterone Contribution to Leptin-mediated Hypertension in Obese Females” from the NHLBI.

Jennifer Sullivan

Ryan Crislip received a travel award at the APS Physiology and Gender meeting.  Lia was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Predoctoral Research Recognition Award Competition at the Experimental Biology meeting.  We had a paper accepted for publication in Physiological Reports entitled Hemodynamic Responses To Acute Angiotensin II Infusion are Exacerbated in Male Versus Female Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

Jessica Filosa

Dr. Filosa will be attending the Royal Society meeting: Interpreting BOLD. This meeting is by invitation only, she will be presenting a poster titled “Vascular-glial-neuronal coupling a neuroprotective pathway in the healthy brain”

Mong Wang

Dr. Wang has a manuscript that was accepted for publication

  • H. Huang, M. Al-Shabrawey, M. H.  Wang.  Cyclooxygenase- and cytochrome P450-derived eicosanoids in stroke.  Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators, in press, 2016. (view article here)


Seminar Schedule

Physiology Seminar Schedule


Physiology Highlights:

Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh, Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Physiology and Endocrinology and Robert B Greenblatt Professor Emeritus of Endocrinology at Augusta University, discusses how to have a productive academic career: 

Webpage for Virendra B. Mahesh, PhD, D. Phil

Faculty Positions Available:

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Pos# 1123, Req. # 6024. Please visit to view the job description and apply for the position.  For further information you may contact Dr. Ruth Harris at .

 Biomedical Sciences PhD Program Congratulates its 2016 Who’s Who Awardees

Who's Who Award Winners

From Left: Amy Paschall, Ryan Crislip, Bianca Islam, Nicole Yiew, Robert Schleifer, & Jason Lee
(Not pictured: Roshni Thakkar, Jason Davis, Mathew Walker, Trevor Hardigan, and Connie Chung)

 Cam McCarthy, Graduate Student in Dr. Webb's Lab is currently looking at DAMPs and its relationship to hypertension and football players. Click video to learn more.


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