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)

October 17
Alice Zemljic-Harpf, MD

UCSD Department of Anesthesiology
Statins and heart failure: From mouse to mankind?

October 24
Mark Sussman, PhD

San Diego State University
Myocardial Regeneration: Uncommon Sense for Common Problems

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

Nanduri R. Prabhakar, PhD, DSc

The University of Chicago
Gaseous Messengers in Carotid Body Response to Hypoxia

Check the Seminar Schedule page for the full quarterly schedule. 

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-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. 

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.