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Welcome to the Department of Physiology & Biophysics

The theme of research and strength of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics is integration of knowledge obtained from research at the level of molecules, cells, and organs to understand functions of the body at the whole organism. The objective is to understand basic mechanisms and defects in these basic mechanism with the object of translating this information to diagnosis, therapies and prevention of clinical disorders. Researchers lead teams in translational research including drug discovery related to heart failure, hypertension, depression, cancer, and reproductive diseases.

Department Head: Jan Kitajewski, PhD,
Department Business Contact: Lea Smucker,

Department News and Events

Dean Azar welcomes new Department Head, Jan Kitajewski, PhD
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jan K. Kitajewski, PhD as Head of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago effective January 16, 2016. Dr. Kitajewski is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in understanding developmental, physiological and tumor angiogenesis.
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Congratulations to Dr. Liew!
Congratulations to Dr. Chong Wee Liew, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, who has received a travel award to attend the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions to present an abstract on his collaborative work with CCVR investigators, entitled "Peripheral organ and systemic metabolism respond early to cardiac overload in the absence of underlying metabolic syndrome and present in multiphasic fashion during the transition toward cardiac decompensation.”