UCSD Division of Physiology


The Division of Physiology is part of the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. Its chief teaching function is to coordinate the main course in physiology for first year medical students. The Division also makes a major contribution to graduate teaching through the Biomedical Sciences and Bioengineering graduate programs. In addition, the Division has a substantial research program with excellent opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.​

Division in the News

A Single Gene Mutation May Have Helped Humans Become Optimal Long-Distance Runners 

In novel study, mice engineered to lack the same gene run stronger, longer and with less fatigue 
September, 2018

Graduate student Jonathan Okerblom and Ellen Breen, PhD 'evaluated the exercise capacity of mice lacking the CMAH gene, and noted an increased performance during treadmill testing and after 15 days of voluntary wheel running,' said Okerblom, the study’s first author. Breen added observations that the mice displayed greater resistance to fatigue, increased mitochondrial respiration and hind-limb muscle, with more capillaries to increase blood and oxygen supply. Read entire article here

Now Recruiting! Faculty Position Available

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor:
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine and Physiology

This position in the UCSD Department of Medicine will focus on research into quantitative functional imaging of the lung using MRI. Successful applicants will benefit from and complement the existing strengths of the Department in studies of respiratory system diseases. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent and documented experience in research. Candidates must also have existing research experience in pulmonary physiology, or in the use of MRI imaging, with relevant experience in image and data processing. Candidates must have an excellent record of research productivity, extramural grant funding and demonstrate the ability to develop a rigorous research program. US citizenship or Permanent Residency required. 

Post-doc Position Available

A post-doctoral fellow position  in inhaled aerosol dosimetry modeling is available in Dr. Chantal Darquenne's laboratory. Check here for more information. 

Division Seminars

Wednesdays from 3:00- 4:00PM (** unless otherwise noted)
BRF2 Room 4103 (Map)

October 10
Michael Tift, PhD

UCSD Department of Medicine
Title TBD

**November 5
(NOTE Day & Room Change:
Monday, 3-4:00pm
BRF2, Room 5A03)

Nanduri R. Prabhakar, PhD, DSc

The University of Chicago
Oxygen Sensor(s) in the Carotid Body

November 28
Alessandra Sacco, PhD

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Title TBD

Check the Seminar Schedule page for the full quarterly schedule.