The Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology is committed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the pharmacological and physiological sciences through the support of basic, translational research and the training of new scientists.

The department has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, offering significant new opportunities for research development and graduate training. Our recruitment efforts have enhanced our strengths in cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, exercise physiology, membrane biology and biophysics, and receptor/molecular signaling.

We are also developing new strengths in the molecular and cellular biology of cardiovascular disease, lymphatic biology and disease as well as cancer biology in collaboration with the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, the Thomas W. and Joan F. Burns Center for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health, the Christopher Bond Life Sciences Center, the NextGen Precision Health Institute, the Molecular Imaging and Theranostics Center, the MU Research Reactor and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Gender-related issues will be addressed in each of these areas through multidisciplinary collaborations fostered and supported by the National Center for Gender Physiology, which is housed in our department. The expertise of our current faculty is exemplified by receipt of competitively funded grants.

Our quest for research excellence and emphasis on continued development and expansion of research programs ensures a stimulating and nurturing environment for producing the next generation of highly competitive biomedical scientists. The department offers both master’s and doctoral programs in the disciplines of pharmacology and physiology and is committed to the preparation of students for rewarding research careers in academia, industry or government.