Integrative Physiology—PhD

Michigan Technological University’s commitment to broad-spectrum research with far-reaching real-world effects makes it the perfect place for aspiring medical researchers to make a difference on a global and what’s next.

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 cardiometabolic 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 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
Associate Professor,
Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

"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 and industry.