Our Mission

  • To produce a graduate who understands the normal body functions, links pathological conditions to the derangement of normal physiology and applies this knowledge in the treatment of human diseases.
  • To contribute to research in basic and applied physiology in collaboration with other disciplines and institutions.
  • To provide a supportive environment for optimal teaching, learning, research and self development.


About Our Physiology Program

Physiology is the study of how the body's major systems are organized and how they act and interact with one another to enable the individual to adapt and survive in the face of changing needs and resources.

Modern scientists seek not only to describe physiological processes, but also to understand them mechanistically at a physical, chemical or molecular biological level. Investigative strategies often include examining responses to natural or experimental challenges, including human diseases. The knowledge gained in this way both advances the understanding of normal biology and leads to medically useful interventions. The faculty of MCSP graduate program pursues this mission using techniques which include those of molecular biology and immunology, and range from gene manipulation to studies of the interactions of different tissues and organ systems in whole animals, including humans.

Whereas molecular biology provides the tools needed to document the molecular mechanisms of physiological processes in cells, tissues and organ systems, analysis of integrated physiological systems provides insights that are not accessible through the use of molecular methods alone. Several of our research groups make use of the entire spectrum of experimental strategies, from molecular genetics to analysis of integrated responses involving several organ systems. Thus students can acquire many kinds of scientific experience while working on a single problem in a laboratory. In addition, many of the faculty have joint research projects with faculty from other departments in the Medical School, Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering, thus further increasing the diversity of research available to the graduate student.

This is an exciting time to be embarking on a career in biomedical research. We encourage those who are interested in graduate studies or postdoctoral research training to contact any member of the faculty.