Molecular and Integrative Physiology

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Dec. 1

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test scores
  • resume/CV required for DVMs seeking Ph.D. admission
The M.S. degree is retained as an exit degree only for students who are unable to complete the Ph.D. program. The Field does not accept applications to the M.S. program.

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Physiology (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • behavioral physiology
  • cardiovascular and respiratory physiology
  • endocrinology
  • environmental and comparative physiology
  • gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology
  • membrane and epithelial physiology
  • molecular and cellular physiology
  • neural and sensory physiology
  • physiological genomics
  • reproductive physiology

The field requires that Ph.D. degree candidates form a Special Committee of at least four members of the Graduate Faculty. This committee should consist of a chairperson, two members representing minor subjects, and a field-appointed member.

Before the end of the second semester, the completed Special Committee meets with the Ph.D. candidate to discuss and formulate his or her academic program. All Ph.D. degree candidates must teach for at least one semester and present a seminar open to the faculty and graduate students of the field on the dissertation research.

M.S. degree candidates form a Special Committee of two faculty members: a chairperson and another representing a minor subject.

The field makes specific course recommendations in order to provide basic information and breadth in the physiological sciences. Students should consult their Special Committee and the field brochure regarding those recommendations.

Application:
All applicants must request ETS send official scores on the GRE general test and on a GRE subject test in either biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology; biology; in chemistry. These scores should be sent to the Cornell University Graduate School, university code 2098. Applicants should have a solid background in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and mathematics. Field information is available on the Web, and a brochure is available on request from the graduate field office. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL scores.

Dorothy Ainsworth -- Concentrations: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; neural and sensory physiology; Research interests: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology
Douglas Antczak -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; reproductive physiology; Research interests: placental development; fetal-maternal signalling; genomic imprinting; pregnancy immunology
Klaus Beyenbach -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; Research interests: cellular transport mechanisms and electrolyte regulation; NaCl secretion in renal tubules
Adam Boyko -- Concentrations: physiological genomics; Research interests: Genetics of domestication and rapid adaptation, canine genomics, evolutionary and population genetics, bioinformatics
W. Ron Butler -- Concentrations: endocrinology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: reproductive physiology - gonadotropins and ovarian function; reproduction/nutrition interactions
Paula Cohen -- Concentrations: physiological genomics; reproductive physiology; Research interests: etiology of spontaneous birth defects in mammals; mechanisms of meiotic recombination; DNA repair proteins in meiosis and recombination; germ cell development; ovarian development
Scott Coonrod -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: reproductive physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; the role that novel, highly abundant and egg-restricted molecules play in epigenetic reprogramming during the egg-to-embryo transition; mechanisms by which specific histone modifications are dynamically regulated during hormone-dependent gene transcription in breast cancer cells
Bethany P. Cummings -- Concentrations: endocrinology; molecular and cellular physiology; gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; Research interests: Obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes pathogenesis and treatment; Development and study of rodent models of bariatric surgery
Robin Dando -- Concentrations: behavioral physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; neural and sensory physiology; Research interests: Neurotransmitter interactions and signaling events which occur within the taste system. My lab uses state of the art physiological, genomic and behavioral techniques to elucidate the nature of how and why we taste.
Robin Davisson -- Concentrations: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; neural and sensory physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: molecular mechanisms determining normal cardiovascular function and pathogenesis of certain cardiovascular diseases; central neural control of blood pressure and autonomic function; molecular determinants of cardiac disease; molecular pathophysiology of preeclampsia
Scott Emr -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: regulation of cell signaling and membrane trafficking pathways by phosphoinositide kinases; protein kinases; ubiquitin modifications; vesicle-mediated transport reactions
Clare Fewtrell -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: cell physiology; calcium and cell activation
Claudia Fischbach-Teschl -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: tissue-engineered model systems for analysis of microenvironmental conditions fundamental to cancer pathogenesis and therapy
Joanne Fortune -- Concentrations: endocrinology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: reproductive physiology; ovarian function
Maria Garcia-Garcia -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; Research interests: developmental biology in mice and flies; genetics of development mechanisms that influence embryonic morphology
Robin Gleed -- Concentrations: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; Research interests: respiration, hypoxea, and pulmonary circulation; anesthesiology
Joanna Holloway -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: DNA repair proteins in meiosis and recombination; germ cell development; molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; mouse genetics; genomic instability; genetic recombination; genetics of gametogenesis and development.
Patricia Johnson -- Concentrations: endocrinology; reproductive physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; Research interests: endocrinology; reproductive physiology
Michael Kotlikoff -- Concentrations: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; molecular and cellular physiology
Natasza Kurpios -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: Study of signaling pathways that direct organogenesis of vertebrates to determine distinct cellular behaviors and cell shape during development
Cynthia Leifer -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; Research interests: regulation of innate immune receptors such as Toll-like receptors (TLRs); role of TLRs in autoimmunity, initiation of inflammatory responses to microbial infection, development of molecular and cellular, as well as whole animal models to study the biology of TLRs
Sergiy Libert -- Concentrations: behavioral physiology; endocrinology; molecular and cellular physiology; neural and sensory physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; Research interests: Mice; molecular biology of aging, age-associated diseases, cancer, neurodegeneration; anorexia, energy metabolism
David Lin -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; neural and sensory physiology; Research interests: axon guidance and target formation during the development of the mouse olfactory system, using genetic, in vitro, and genomic approaches
Ellis Loew -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; neural and sensory physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; Research interests: physiology of vision; sensory biophysics; sensory ecology and nutritional ophthalmology
Qiaoming Long -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; Research interests: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; vertebrate functional genomics
John Ludders -- Concentrations: endocrinology; cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; Research interests: cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; endocrinology
Marla Lujan -- Concentrations: endocrinology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: nutritional regulations of female reproduction
Vicki Meyers-Wallen -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: developmental biology; genetics; reproductive biology
Alexander Nikitin -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: genetic modeling of human cancer in the mouse; early detection and monitoring of carcinogenesis; neoplasms of reproductive and endocrine systems
Linda Nowak -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; neural and sensory physiology; Research interests: membrane biophysics; molecular biology of glutamate receptors; cellular neurophysiology; pharmacology of synaptic transmission
Kimberly O'Brien -- Concentrations: endocrinology; reproductive physiology; gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; Research interests: calcium metabolism and bone health; control of maternal/fetal nutrient; partitioning and cellular mineral transport; micronutrient status in international settings; development of mass spectrometric methodology; pediatric bone health; pregnancy and mineral metabolism in adolescents
John Parks -- Concentrations: reproductive physiology; Research interests: spermatogenesis in vitro; gamete physiology; cryobiology
Ned Place -- Concentrations: behavioral physiology; endocrinology; reproductive physiology; environmental and comparative physiology; Research interests: mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort, sexual differentiation
Ling Qi -- Concentrations: endocrinology; molecular and cellular physiology; gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; Research interests: transcriptional control of metabolic syndrome; unfolded protein response; obesity and diabetes
Andrea Quaroni -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; Research interests: cellular differentiation and growth regulation of intestinal cells
Susan Quirk -- Concentrations: reproductive physiology; Research interests: reproductive physiology; focus on molecular and cellular aspects of ovarian function
Mark Roberson -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: reproductive physiology; endocrinology; molecular and cellular physiology
Chris Schaffer -- Concentrations: neural and sensory physiology; Research interests: advanced optical techniques used to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems with the goal of developing microscopic scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes
John Schimenti -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; reproductive physiology; Research interests: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; reproductive physiology; mouse enetics and functional genomics; genomic instability; genetic recombination; genetics of gometogenesis and development; use of ES cells to mutagenize the mouse genome
Vimal Selvaraj -- Concentrations: endocrinology; molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: Mammalian reproductive physiology; stem cells; technologies for wildlife conservation
Carolyn Sevier -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: signalling of cellular oxidative stress; molecular mechanisms used by cellular pathways that sense and signal redox imbalances within the cell
Geoffrey Sharp -- Concentrations: endocrinology; membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; Research interests: signal transduction and second messengers involved in the control of insulin release; intestinal ion and water transport
Susan Suarez -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: sperm motility regulation and transport in the female reproductive tract
Alexander Travis -- Concentrations: membrane and epithelial physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; reproductive physiology; Research interests: biology of male germ cells; signaling and metabolism of sperm during capacitation; organization of lipid raft subdomains in sperm; conservation applications of germ cell reproductive technologies
Robert Weiss -- Concentrations: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics; Research interests: genomic maintenance mechanisms; cell cycle checkpoints; molecular responses to genomic stress; mouse models of genomic instability

Graduate School Learning Outcomes

Background

Molecular and Integratice Physiology is one of five graduate fields associated with the Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program. As an umbrella program, the BBS fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, focusing on the interface between scientific research and clinical practice as well as a commitment to animal and human health. The Graduate Fields associated with the BBS Program share a set of values and expectations in the training of PhD students. Our goal is to maximize the effectiveness of the Fields while maintaining their unique identities and structures. The following graduate fields are members of the BBS Graduate Program:

  • Comparative Biomedical Science
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology & Wildlife Conservation

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