UCSD Division of Physiology


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

Physiology Seminars

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

November 14
Kristoffer Svensson, PhD

UCSD Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Acetyltransferases p300 and CBP Are Essential for Skeletal Muscle Force Production

November 28
Alessandra Sacco, PhD

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Development, Aging & Regeneration Program
Title TBD

December 5
Gabriel G. Haddad, MD

Professor, Pediatrics & Neurosciences
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, UCSD
Physician-in-Chief and Chief Scientific Officer, Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego
Title TBD

Check the Seminar Schedule page for the full quarterly schedule. 

Division in the News

2018 Revelle Medal Recipient John B. West

Honorees recognized for helping establish UC San Diego as top research university
October, 2018

John B. West, M.D. Ph.D., is one of the world’s most noted physiologists for his work in respiratory physiology. His impressive body of research examines the lung in extreme environments, from high altitude atop Mt. Everest to microgravity aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. 

West’s long interest in high-altitude medicine and physiology culminated in him leading the 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Mount Everest, during which five people reached the summit, and the first physiological measurements on the summit were made. He also worked from 1967 to 1968 at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he submitted a proposal to study pulmonary function in astronauts. The program was approved and funded until 2006. 

His book, “Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials,” has been translated into 15 languages and is used around the world. 

Post-doctoral 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.