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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.

Interim Department Head: E. Douglas Lewandowski, PhD,
Department Business Contact: Lea Smucker,

Department News and Events

Groundbreaking work by recent PhD thesis student and current MSTP student, Ryan Lahey, featured in Illlinois Medicine
Read more about Ryan’s high profile study published in Circulation and feature in Health and Science Section of Download PDF

Congratulations to ISHR Student Travel Awardee, David Ryba!
Department graduate student David Ryba received a Student Travel Award to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Heart Research, North American Section in Seattle, Washington. David is a PhD student in the Solaro lab, in the CCVR and Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and his award was based on his abstract submission entitled "Beta-arrestin signaling as a novel therapeutic approach to familial dilated cardiomyopathy". David received his award at the awards banquet during the final evening of the sessions.