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Engaging In Innovative Biomedical Research, Educating the Next Generation


Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology (PSP). Our goal is to advance the fields of basic and applied physiology and pharmacology by engaging in innovative biomedical research. We provide our students with a challenging and supportive environment to pursue academic and professional careers in the biomedical sciences.

Physiologists and pharmacologists alike are curious about the ability of molecules to contribute to cell function, the ability of cells to contribute to tissue function, the ability of tissues to affect organismal function, and ultimately the effects that therapeutic agents have on these systems. Physiology is the science that integrates simple mechanisms into complex systems, and pharmacology uses this knowledge to support the development of the next generation of therapeutic agents.

PSP Happenings

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Welcome to our new PhD students!

Jul 2024 – Dr. Schultz (left), who directs our PhD programs, welcomed Olesia Benedict, Ozgu Biler, Jenna Dunham, Jaedyn Haverstock, Claire Lopez, Carlin Moore, Taylor Peach, Valerie Plesha, and Madi Ringer.

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Congratulations to Dr. Parker!

Jul 1, 2024 – Christopher Parker (Zhang lab) successfully defended his doctoral dissertation "Mathematical investigations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in major depressive disorder".

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PhD candidate presents review in "Physiology (Bethesda)"

Jul 2024 – Jean-Pierre Amoakon (Naren lab) has reviewed Pulmonary vascular dysfunctions in cystic fibrosis.

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Congratulations to Dr. Norman!

Jun 28, 2024 – Natalie Norman (Heiny and Landero labs) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation "Insulin-independent glucose transport in contracting skeletal muscle addressed by a novel ICP-MS method".

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PhD candidate has first-author paper in "Stress"
Jun 2024 – Alyshia Davis, with the Reyes and Wohleb labs, reports that Adolescent high fat diet alters the transcriptional response of microglia in the prefrontal cortex in response to stressors in both male and female mice.

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College of Medicine
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Cincinnati, OH 45267-0575