Message from the Chair


It is my privilege to introduce our outstanding core of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, students, and activities in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology. Our success clearly stems from a strong base involving individuals committed to our shared mission of conducting outstanding research, teaching, and service. Everyone contributes to our success.


The discipline of physiology has evolved substantially over the last several decades. We maintain ties with classical integrative concepts of whole animal and organ physiology, while using sophisticated experimental tools of the 21st century to approach important physiological questions at molecular, cellular, organ, and clinical levels. Indeed, “integrative physiology” today must encompass all these levels. We are pleased that our mission is entirely consistent with the major research, teaching, and service missions of Indiana University School of Medicine. Indeed, our departmental theme is integration by skills, projects, student training, and centers. Our department and the discipline of physiology are among the leaders in translating mechanistic research to improve human health.


Our research mission in these challenging times moves ahead in creative and innovative ways. Long-term research and progressive salary incentives have provided initiative for sustained success and growth of faculty research programs. Partnership with the Lilly Endowment Physician Scientist Initiative enabled co-recruitment of faculty with our clinical departments. The Indiana University Health – Indiana University School of Medicine Strategic Research Initiative has moved faculty forward in translational research projects. These departmental resources have been complemented by other strong departments and Research Centers, including: Biomedical Engineering (Purdue University), the new Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Indiana Center for Vascular Biology & Medicine, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences (IIBIS), Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, O’Brien Research Center for Advanced Renal Microscopic Analysis, Stark Neuroscience Research Institute, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana Center for Muskuloskeletal Health, and others. The newly established Indiana Biosciences Research Institute will be an outstanding new collaboration of industry and academic expertise. Our teaching mission continues to thrive in graduate and medical education. We help prepare M.S. and Ph.D. students for career flexibility, i.e. research, teaching, industry, clinical, public service, etc. We are adapting to reform of our medical curriculum to prepare our M.D. graduates to meet the demanding needs of healthcare today. Our department, true to its name, is integrated in the research and teaching missions of the entire School of Medicine.


Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you find it informative. Please feel free to contact me or any of our faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, or students if you have additional questions.


Best regards,


Michael Sturek, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Indiana University School of Medicine
635 Barnhill Drive, MS 385
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120
Phone 317-274-7772
FAX 317-274-3318


November 2015

635 Barnhill Drive, Medical Science Bldg. Room 385 | Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120 | 317-274-7772