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 MD/PhD or DMD/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.
Thank you, Dr. Bhalla, for your generosity!
Dr. Bhalla was a Physiology and Endocrinology faculty member under former Chair Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh and generously donated to three departments at Augusta University, the departments of Physiology, Oncology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The Department of Physiology was granted a $50,000 endowment titled “The Mr. Sohrab Modi and Mr. and Mrs. Lal C. Bhalla (Shanti) Endowment Fund” from Dr. Vinod Bhalla. This donation was made in honor of Dr. Bhalla’s mentor and parents. The fund will supplement research expenses and support graduate, MD, and PhD students.
Dr. Mattson named chair of MCG Department of Physiology
Dr. David L. Mattson, an established hypertension investigator and academic leader at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been selected as chair of the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Mattson, who joins the MCG leadership team July 1, also will be named Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Hypertension.
“Dr. Mattson is a passionate investigator and educator who leads by his enthusiastic example and by making the success of those around him a priority,” says MCG Dean Dr. David Hess. “He is a natural fit for the great strengths we have in cardiovascular disease in the Vascular Biology Center, Georgia Prevention Institute and the Department of Physiology he will soon lead, and for MCG’s commitment to addressing the number one killer in our state and nation from every angle.”
Department of Physiology (2017)
Congratulations to Alec Davila, a graduate student in Dr. Bagi's lab, who successfully defended!
Thank you to Dr. Karen Reue from the University of California Los Angeles for being our Greenblatt Lectureship speaker!
Dr. O'Connor received the Medical College of Georgia Distinguished Faculty Award for Basic Science Teaching.
Congratulations to Patricia Martinez-Quinones, a graduate student in Dr. Webb's lab, who successfully defended!
Dr. O'Herron has been awarded a two year R21 grant: "The Physiological Mechanisms and Role in Neural Coding of Functional Hyperemia" from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Visiting PhD student Vanessa Dela Justina, guided by Dr. Priviero in Dr. Webb's lab, was awarded the Robert Gunn Student Travel Award from the American Society
of Physiology at the Experimental Biology Meeting.
Graduate student Lindsey Ramirez and postdoc Ellen Gillis, both from Dr. Sullivan's lab, received Research Distinction Awards from the Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology Meeting.
Dr. O’Connor’s manuscript Oral NaHCO3 Activates a Splenic Anti-Inflammatory Pathway: Evidence That Cholinergic Signals Are Transmitted via Mesothelial Cells was The Journal of Immunology’s (The JI’s) most-downloaded article in 2018.
Patricia Martinez-Quinones, a graduate student in Dr. Webb's lab, was a Second-Place Winner, for Basic Laboratory Research Scientific Papers on Trauma Resident Paper Competition at the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Annual Meeting.
The Mahesh Lectureship with Dr. Anil K. Bidani was a success. Thank you to our Graduate Students Sarah Ray and Elinor Mannon for organizing this event to honor Dr. Mahesh.Graduate students with Mahesh Lecturer, Dr. Anil K. Bidani