The Physiology Graduate Program includes faculty from the three universities, the medical school and various clinical institutions associated with the School of Biomedical Sciences.
Faculty within this program focus their research on many areas of physiology as related to human functions and diseases. Students may earn the Ph.D or M.S. degree in areas that include cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and neuroendocrine, reproductive or exercise physiology. In this context, emphasis is placed on an integrative approach for both research and graduate education. As with other program areas, the Physiology program takes advantage of the latest molecular and cellular techniques to address questions related to human diseases.
The Physiology Graduate Program is comprised of members drawn from across the institutions participating in Kent’s School of Biomedical Sciences. Although graduate work may be completed in any of the various research areas, faculty are listed in two general subprograms: Environmental and Comparative Physiology and Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Physiology. Each subprogram addresses different subject areas of physiology and each has an associated training faculty. The programs are research oriented and designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in physiological principles and techniques within several well-defined focus areas.
The concentration areas in the Physiology Graduate Program are well-defined. Within each area, the faculty provide classroom and research experiences centered on an integrative approach. Students can exploit resources and facilities designed to assess physiological functions at levels extending to the cellular and molecular level, or to the organ and organismal level of biological organization. Resources include laboratories equipped for assessment and visualization of living cells and tissues, cell and tumor culture facilities, electron and scanning electron microscopic, flow cytometry, a transgenic facility, radioimmunoassay facility, and laboratories to assess a variety of metabolic, reproductive, and respiratory functions. The multidisciplinary nature of the program provides the opportunity to bring a variety of modern techniques to bear on current questions in physiology.
Applications should be directed to the specific subprogram of interest. Admission is based on the recommendation of the participating faculty. Successful applicants will have a minimum 3.0 GPA (undergraduate and graduate) and have completed mathematics through calculus, one year of physics, one year of organic chemistry, and coursework in some of the following areas: genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, vertebrate anatomy. Additional upper division biology electives, including developmental biology, embryology or histology are also appropriate. Three letters of recommendation are required. Foreign nationals whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL exam score.
A core program of classwork and an assortment of specialized electives are offered to students with a rigorous grounding in physiology. Special curricula and requisite coursework can be obtained by contacting the Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences.