The members of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics use state-of-the-art approaches to study physiological questions mainly at the cellular and molecular levels. The Department's primary faculty comprises 18 scientists whose research achievements are internationally recognized. In addition, the Department's faculty and students interact closely with the faculty and students in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and in the Departments of Neurology, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology and Anatomy.
The Departmental Ph.D. program trains highly qualified students for successful careers in research, teaching and industry. The Department has a long-standing National Institutes of Health Training Grant in Neuroscience, and all students are supported by stipends and tuition waivers throughout their graduate training. A high faculty to student ratio assures that each student receives individualized help from the faculty together with access to the latest scientific instrumentation. The Department also maintains up-to-date computer facilities for student use.
Student training is enhanced by research seminars and student-oriented discussions presented by world-renowned visiting scientists, as well as by participation in in-house research seminars and weekly research discussion groups. The Department seeks to provide a congenial and supportive environment in which each student develops to the fullest his/her abilities to reason critically, design and conduct incisive experiments, and communicate research results effectively in both written and oral formats. The faculty's wide collective experience as successful researchers, teachers, journal editors, and peer reviewers is available to help graduates prepare for and attain research and teaching positions in academia and industry.
Each of the faculty members in the department have their own laboratories fully equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment related to their line of research. In addition, the department has its own confocal microscope facility, machine shop, electronics shop, darkroom, library, student computer room, and additional standard common facilities. There are also core facilities for common supplies (e.g., disposable plastics, media, restriction enzymes), DNA sequencing center, and transgenic animals in adjacent buildings. The Calder medical school library is in a separate building convenient to the research buildings.