The Physiology Program
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is primarily a basic research department and offers graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. degree and a M.S. ion Biomedical Sciences (Physiology & Biophysics Track). The department's faculty has a broad spectrum of interests, with a major emphasis on understanding the mechanisms of regulation of cellular function in mammalian systems.
There are four main research areas in the department:
- Hormonal regulation of cell function and metabolism
- Intercellular and intracellular signaling mechanisms
- Biophysical studies of membranes
- Cellular electrophysiology and neurobiology.
Our department strives to offer a broad spectrum of experimental approaches and a wide range of research interests, including membrane biophysics, cardiac physiology, membrane transport and the molecular physiology of hormone action and enzyme regulation. Thus for example, individuals who are interested in ion channels would be able to avail themselves of expertise in protein chemistry and DNA/RNA recombinant technology. And, for those students interested in the control of important membrane-bound regulatory enzymes (adenylate cyclase, phospholipase C), the presence of a strong biophysical component in the department is a great advantage. The synergistic interaction of the various interest areas makes the department equal to more than the sum of its individual parts.
Some department faculty members are associated with a Health Sciences Center Diabetes and Metabolism Center and others participate in a University-wide Biophysics Program. Most faculty have collaborative arrangements with other basic science and clinical departments. Through joint faculty appointments, students have access to the unique facilities of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, renown research institutions located near Stony Brook.
Goals of the Program
The diverse nature of the department's research provides a unique environment for graduate study. The overall goal of our program is to prepare students to investigate complex physiological and biophysical problems that often bridge traditional academic boundaries. This requires sound training in a broad range of biological disciplines, plus experience in using the latest techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology, physics, applied mathematics, and computing.