The Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). A Combined Degree Program (M.D./Ph.D.) is also available for those who are accepted into the Indiana University School of Medicine. The goal of the Cellular & Integrative Physiology program is to train research scientists for careers in a variety of teaching and research institutions. Most graduates of these programs have found positions in universities, frequently in a medical school setting. However, the training received by our students also prepares graduates for positions in industry and government. The programs consist of academic course work, research, and teaching experience.
Since graduate study is a highly individualized enterprise, additional advanced courses taken by each student depend to some extent on interest and previous training. Instruction to small groups of students in advanced areas of physiology is an important feature of the program. Graduate training in the department reflects the modern view of physiology as an integrative science, utilizing information obtained from several different levels to gain a better understanding of organ system functions. State-of-art techniques are used to study physiological responses at the molecular, cellular, and whole organ levels. Changes in gene expression, protein function, and intracellular events are integrated with changes in organ function.
The specific research interests of most of the faculty can be grouped under five principal themes: cardiovascular physiology, cell growth and development, respiratory biology, renal physiology, signal transduction mechanisms and disease processes. The choice of research specialization within these themes is left to the student. Training in teaching is an important component of graduate study and advanced students have the opportunity to gain experience in preparing and delivering lectures through a number of innovative mechanisms that have been incorporated into our program.
All doctoral (Ph.D.) students enter our graduate doctoral (Ph.D.) program after completion of the first year of the Indiana University School of Medicine Biomedical Gateway Program (IBMG) program and after selection of a faculty mentor from our primary faculty in Cellular & Integrative Physiology or from our adjunct faculty to serve as thesis advisor. Information about application to the IBMG is available at the IBMG Website.
Students desiring to enter our graduate Master of Science (M.S.) program will matriculate directly with the department (see “MS Degree ... Application”) and will be required to attend an orientation session which will provide information about the curriculum.