Physiology & Biophysics


Open House for Post-Bacc Medical Physiology Program

April 7, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Department will hold an Open House for all students, parents, and undergraduate advisors interested in learning more about the MS in Medical Physiology Post-Bacc program on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  A full day of activities is scheduled. Please register here online. A second Open House will be held on Saturday, July 14, shortly before the application deadline.

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March 19, 2018 4 p.m.

Mark A. Knepper, M.D., Ph.D. of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of NIH will give the 6th Annual Ulrich Hopfer Lecture on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:00 in SOM E-501, hosted by Dr. Walter Boron and Dr. Ulrich Hopfer.

The title of Dr. Knepper's lecture is “Regulation of Aqp2 gene expression by vasopressin."

Dr. Knepper will also meet with facutly members during his visit and a reception in his honor will be held prior to the lecture in the Department 5th floor lobby.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics hosts the Hopfer lecture each Spring to honor Professor Emeritus Ulrich Hopfer, M.D., Ph.D. (photo)

Post-Bacc Application Deadline

July 16, 2018

July 16th, 2018 at midnight is the official deadline for submitting applications for the MS in Medical Physiology Program (Post-Bacc Program).  The admissions committee will review your application once it is complete and all application materials are received.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nosek (, 216-368-3242). Contact us if you need assistance.

Recent News/Events

Congratulations to Dr. Tingwei Mu !

Feb. 16, 2018

Dr. Mu received a 4.0 percentile rating on his NIH RO1 research proposal, “Understanding GABAA receptor protein folding and misfolding.”

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Chai !

Jan. 19, 2018 4 p.m.

Sam Chai, a Ph.D. candidate advised by and in the lab of Dr. Isabelle Deschenes, publicly defended his doctoral dissertation on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

Sam's dissertation is entitled "Novel Genetic Modifiers in a Monogenic Cardiac Arrhythmia."

A reception in the new Ph.D.'s honor followed the defense in the Department 5th floor bridge area.

Congratulations to Dr. Sandip Basak !

Jan. 10, 2018

Sandip Basak, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Sudha Chakrapani, has had the manuscript "Cryo-EM structure of 5-HT3A receptor in its resting conformation" accepted for publication by Nature Communications.

Welcome to Dr. Felipe Montecinos

Jan. 2, 2018

Felipe Montecitos, Ph.D. has joined the lab of Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran as a Postdoctoral Scholar, effective January 2, 2018.

Congratulations to Dr. Sudha Chakrapani

Dec. 13, 2017

Dr. Chakrapani has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of General Physiology for the term January 1, 2018
through December 31, 2020.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Glidden !

Dec. 12, 2017 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Michael Glidden (l), an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Sciences Training Program, publicly defended his doctoral dissertation on Tuesday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

The title of Michael's dissertation is "Single-chain insulin analogs as ultra-stable therapeutics."

The new Ph.D. has been advised by Michael Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. (r), who is the Cowan-Blum Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine in the Endocrine Division of the Department of Biochemistry.

We wish Michael well as he returns to the M.D. track of the program in the School of Medicine.

DPB Annual Holiday Party

Dec. 9, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The Department hosted its annual holiday party on Saturday, December 9 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle.

The number of attendess exceeded 300 this year, including faculty, students, staff, and special guests of the department.

A string ensemble provided music and there were two planetarium shows for the attendees.

                                                                                Catering was by Zack Bruell.

Welcome to Dr. Arvind Kumar

Dec. 1, 2017

Arvind Kumar, Ph.D. has joined the lab of Dr. Sudha Chakrapani as a Postdoctoral Scholar, effective December 1, 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Mausita Karmakar...

Nov. 22, 2017

who is one of only three travel grant awardees for the 2018 Keystone Symposium on Cell Death, Inflammation & Adaptation to Tissue Stess to be held at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, January 21-25.

Based on her abstract submission, Dr. Karmakar has also been chosen to give an oral presentation at the symposium.

Congratulations to Amday Wolde

Nov. 17, 2017

Amday, a second year student in the combined Master's in Medical Physiology/M.B.A. program, received first prize with his team in the Cleveland Clinic Solutions’ mini case competition held in October.

Amday's team took on the challenge of improving the Cleveland Clinic’s Weight Management Program. As a result of the team’s presentation, the Clinic plans to move forward with one of the ideas in the team’s model regarding a wellness program involving cooking.


Congratulations to Dr. Xin Qi

Nov. 9, 2017

Dr. Qi has received a one-year Falk Medical Research Trust Catalyst Award for research regarding "Identification of Enhancers of Mitochondrial Function as Candidate Therapeutics of Huntington's Disease,“ effective November 30, 2017

2017 Department Retreat

Oct. 19, 2017 - Oct. 20, 2017

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics held its annual retreat at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH on Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20, 2017.

Help for Puerto Rico

Oct. 2, 2017 8:30 a.m. - Oct. 6, 2017 5 p.m.

Please bring your items to: Weatherhead Graduate Student Services Office (PBL – 150) Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th, 8:30am – 5:00pm .  Click here Puerto_Rico_Relief_Flyer.pdf for a list of items needed.

For any additional information please contact: Edwin Pacheco (787)-345-1856 (

3rd Annual Matthew Levy Lecture

Sept. 28, 2017 3 p.m.

The Department hosted the 3rd Annual Matthew N. Levy Lecture on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

The lecture was given by Jeanne Nerbonne, Ph.D., an Alumni Endowed Professor of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology in Medicine and Developmental Biology, the Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research, and the Co-Director of the Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The title of Dr. Nerbonne's lecture was "Diversity of Cardiac Ion Channel Regulatory Mechanisms.”

A pre-lecture reception for Dr. Nerbonne was held in the Department lobby, and our Chair, Dr. Walter Boron, presented Dr. Nerbonne with an engraved plaque after the lecture to commemorate her presentation.

The late Dr. Matthew Levy was a gifted, dedicated teacher and scientist who influenced countless students, conducted groundbreaking research on heart function and its relationship to the autonomic nervous system, and who co-authored one of the most influential texts on physiology. Each autumn, beginning with a daylong symposium in 2014, the Department honors the memory of Dr. Levy and his accomplishments.

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