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Department of

Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Mission / History

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has been providing medical education for almost 200 years. In 1910, Dr. Martin Fischer became the first professor of Physiology. 

Dr. Daniel Kline developed the first modern, research-based Physiology Department as Chair in 1966. Under his leadership, the department increased from four to fourteen faculty. The growth in faculty and the move into the new Medical Sciences Building was paired with growth in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Physiology rose to one of the top five departments at medical colleges. 

In 1983, Dr. Nicholas Sperelakis became Chair and further developed faculty research. Faculty obtained an NIH training grant, managed by Dr. Richard Paul for 15 years and recently renewed by Drs. Marshall Montrose and Yana Zavros. 

In 1994, Dr. David Millhorn became Chair of the Department. This strengthened the research and, importantly, renewed emphases on teaching in medical physiology and on the Ph.D. program. The departmental Ph.D. program flourished and was recognized in the top ten of 162 similar medical schools by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2006 and 2007. This Ph.D. program has many distinguished alumni, including a recent President of the American Physiological Society, Dr. David M. Pollock. Dr. Montrose succeeded Dr. Millhorn as Chair in 2004. The Department’s M.S. program in Medical Physiology, initiated by Dr. Robert Banks and Dr. Montrose, proved very successful, placing 90% of graduates in medical schools. This program provides a stabilizing funding stream in light of variable NIH support. 

A new medical curriculum led by Drs. Kline and Banks was highly regarded and continued by Dr. Banks for the next 30 years, until the most recent change in 2011. The Medical Physiology syllabus was compiled in a successful Physiology textbook by Drs. Banks and Sperelakis. 

In recent times, departmental research has focused on the development of techniques for studying the physiology of genetically engineered mice and in systems and computational biology. The department has been recognized for its excellence in using genetically altered mice to solve basic physiological questions and to advance the basic understanding of disease mechanisms.