Graduate School

Integrative Physiology—PhD

What you'll work on

We take a systems-level approach to understanding the role of physiology in human health. Our work is conducted across the entire spectrum—fundamental basics at the molecular level, animal- and human-based research, and population studies—to translate research into cardio-metabolic health outcomes.


 Sample Areas of Interest

  • Exercise and Stress Physiology
  • Neural Control of Circulation
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Muscular Fatigue in Humans

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Who you'll work with

You'll work with world-class faculty on research funded by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the National Science Foundation, and industry partners. Work in the integrative physiology, human neuromechanics, and cognitive aging labs to conduct research focused on cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.


 Faculty Spotlight

 Jenny Shan

Zhiying (Jenny) Shan

Assistant Professor

"We look for strategies to correct miscommunication between the brain and peripheral organs involved in the development and maintenance of hypertension."

Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths each day in the US. Shan's research focuses on exploring molecular mechanisms of hypertension and seeking new gene targets in the brain to prevent hypertension.


Where you'll work

Participate in a collaborative laboratory environment to address issues of cardiometabolic health. We incorporate advanced techniques and technologies to approach the physiology underlying health and disease. Our graduates have gone on to post-doctoral appointments at prestigious medical universities or careers in academia or industry.