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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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Brody School of Medicine


Department of Physiology


Robert M. Lust, Chair, 6N-98 Brody Medical Sciences Building

Physiology is an integrative science that studies organism function. The discipline integrates concepts from the physical and biological sciences to better understand how organs and organ systems support life, and as such, is foundational to the practice of medicine and biomedical research. The Graduate Program in Physiology in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University provides students with a solid foundation in fundamental principles of physiology and prepares them to appreciate, explore and discover the world of biomedical research.

The Department provides a collaborative environment where faculty and students pursue questions of joint interest in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiology, Bioenergetics, and Neuroscience. Our research programs represent a unique integration of molecular and cell biology with organ level, whole animal and clinical studies; and projects are routinely conducted in concert with investigators from other departments both inside and outside of East Carolina University.

We emphasize an integrative approach to biomedical science, with expertise in research methods for investigating the mysteries of heart function, pulmonary and vascular regulation, metabolism and bioenergetics, stem cell differentiation, nerve regeneration and circadian rhythms.