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The Department of Physiology & Biophysics consists of world-class scientists and teachers. We are dedicated to excellence in research, training and education as we push the frontiers of scientific discovery. Join us in the joy of discovery.

We take pride in training medical, nursing and graduate students who will implement and fulfill that future. Our department provides a warm, collegial, and welcoming environment for budding scientists and established investigators alike. We work side by side investigating the physiological processes that underlie both normal and pathological human body functions.

Our internationally recognized research applies innovative experimental approaches to define fundamental molecular mechanisms within these processes as both putative points of pathological failure and potential targets for new therapeutic interventions.

Xun Ai, MD
Faculty Accomplishments

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute awarded Xun Ai, MD, associate professor, physiology and biophysics, Rush Medical College, a five-year, $2.4 million grant to research the link between atrial fibrillation and thrombogenesis. Xun Ai, MD, associate professor, physiology and biophysics, Rush Medical College, and her team seek to establish a previously unrecognized crosstalk between heart and platelets and uncover the role of cardiac JNK2 in the development of both atrial fibrillation and thrombogenesis. Researchers will use results of the study, Heart-platelet Crosstalk: JNK, AF, and Thrombogenesis, to form a foundation toward developing novel therapies to treat and prevent atrial fibrillation and stroke.

2018 JACC Editor Top Picks
Faculty Accomplishments
The article “Role of Stress Kinase JNK in Binge Alcohol-Evoked Atrial Arrhythmia” of Jiajie Yan, PhD at the research laboratory of Xun Ai, MD, was selected as “Editor-in-Chief’s Top Picks from 2018” in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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Faculty News
Thomas DeCoursey, PhD, Vladimir Cherny, PhD, Deri Morgan, PhD, and collaborators from Georgia recently identified the first proton channel gene from a snail.  Read more…
Tom Shannon, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Thomas Shannon, DVM, PhD, associate professor, received a Brainard Award for teaching excellence in 2017.
Yuriana Aguilar, PhD
Faculty News
Yuriana Aguilar, PhD is Following Her DREAM.
Brought to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant when she was five, Yuriana earned a PhD and became a heart researcher – and an unexpected spokesperson for other immigrants…
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Tom Shannon, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Thomas Shannon, DVM, PhD, associate professor, recently received a SCORE Positive Learning Environment Award and a Brainard Award for teaching excellence in 2016.
Robert Eisenberg, PhD, discusses his most significant contributions to physiology and his most influential career mentors.
Faculty News
Life Glimpsed through Ion Channels A Super Short Scientific Biography
In this installment of the American Physiological Society (APS) Living History of Physiology series, Robert S. Eisenberg, PhD, discusses how he became interested in science, his most significant contributions to physiology and his most influential career mentors. He also offers advice to students starting out in science today. Dr. Eisenberg was interviewed by Martin Frank, PhD, at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

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