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Medical Physiology Graduation Reception
May 28, 2021 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Medical Physiology Graduation Reception will be Friday, May 28, 2021, at 4:00 PM via Zoom.

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

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Post-Bacc Application Deadline
Aug. 1, 2021

August 1, 2021 is the 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 the program at Contact us if you need assistance.

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Recent News

CANCELLED: Open House for Post-Bacc Medical Physiology Program
April 17, 2021 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Department will host an Open House for all students, parents, and undergraduate advisors interested in learning more about the M.S. in Medical Physiology Post-Bacc program on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  This will be held via Zoom.

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Congratulations to Dr. Qiuye Li and Dr. Michael Babinchak
March 12, 2021

Qiuye Li, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Scholar and doctoral student alumnus in the lab of Dr. Wïtold Surewicz, and Michael Babinchak, Ph.D., a third year M.D. candidate and also a Surewicz lab doctoral student alumnus, have had the paper “Cryo-EM structureof amyloid fibrils formed by the entire low complexity domain of TDP-43“ published in Nature Communications.

Nature Commun 12, 1620 (2021)


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2021 Medical Physiology Program Retreat
Jan. 28, 2021 - Jan. 29, 2021

The Medical Physiology program will held its annual retreat at the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom on Thursday-Friday, January 28-29, 2021. Medical Physiology students attended sessions and seminars on preparing applications for professional school.

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Congratulations to Cassandra Barone
Jan. 15, 2021

Cassandra Barone, a doctoral student in the Center for Aerospace Physiology, headed by Dr. Michael Decker, has been name a Solar System Ambassador in the Solar System Exploration program of NASA Science.

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MSMP Conversations with Current Students
Jan. 7, 2021 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join our TAs (current students and alumni) as they answer all your questions about the student experience in Case Western's Medical Physiology Program. Learn more about the curriculum, enrichment experiences, advising/ support services, life in Cleveland, and more during this casual virtual event.

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2020 Recknagel Symsposium
Dec. 14, 2020 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics held its annual Recknagel Symposium on Monday, December 14, 2020 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Doctoral students who entered the program over the last year presented research from their lab rotations.

The department established the annual Recknagel Symposium in memory of Professor Richard Recknagel, who was Chair of the Department of Physiology from 1976 until 1986 and an admired thinker and investigator who took a keen interest in mentoring young students and faculty.

The event was held remotely, via Zoom.

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Congratulations to doctoral student Solomiia Boyko
Dec. 7, 2020

Solomiia Boyko, a Ph.D. student mentored by Dr. Wïtold Surewicz, has had the paper "Regulatory mechanisms of tau protein fibrillation under the conditions of liquid-liquid phase separation” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

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Congratulations to Dr. Fraser Moss and Dr. Walter Boron
Dec. 3, 2020

Dr. Fraser Moss and Dr. Walter Boron have had published in the Journal of Physiology their paper "Carbonic anhydrases enhance activity of endogenous Na-H exchangers and not the electrogenic Na/HCO3 cotransporter NBCe1-A, expressed in Xenopus oocytes" ( and the associated perspective article on their research "The devil is in the C-tail: a NBCe1-carbonic anhydrase bicarbonate transport metabolon?" (Jeppe Praetorius) (

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Congratulations to members of the lab of Professor Corey Smith
Dec. 1, 2020

The American Physiological Society has recognized for distinction in scholarship the authors of the paper "Rapid measurement of cardiac neuropeptide dynamics by capacitive immunoprobe in the porcine heart" published in the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

Nicholas Kluge*, Michael Joseph Dacey, Joseph Hadaya, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Shyue-An Chan*, Jeffrey Laurence Ardell, and Corey Smith*

DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00674.2020

*Smith lab member

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Congratulations to Eva Gilker
Nov. 18, 2020

Eva Gilker, a first year Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Walter Boron, was the winner of the Morning Group One poster award at the 43rd Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium on November 9, 2020. The symposium is sponsored by the CWRU Graduate Student Council.

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Congratulations to Members of the Surewicz Lab
Nov. 5, 2020

Michael Babinchak, Ph.D.*, Benjamin Dumm and Solomiia Boyko, in the lab of Dr. Wïtold Surewicz had the paper,

“Small molecules as potent biphasic modulators of protein liquid-liquid phase separation”

 accepted for publication in Nature Communications 11, 5554 (2020)

W. Michael Babinchak, Benjamin K. Dumm, Sarah Venus, Solomiia Boyko, Andrea A. Putnam, Eckhard Jankowsky & Wïtold K. Surewicz

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*Dr. Babinchak was a doctoral candidate in the Surewicz lab who graduated in March 2020.

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Congratulations to Dr. Yuan Cai
Oct. 30, 2020 noon

Yuan Cai is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics doctoral program mentored by and in the lab of Dr. Christopher Ford, formerly an associate professor in the Department and now a professor at the University of Colorado - Denver and an adjunct here, publicly defended his doctoral dissertation via Zoom at 12:00 noon EDT/10:00 a.m. MDT on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Yuan's dissertation is titled "Striatal acetylcholine-dopamine interactions in physiology and pathophysiology".

Yuan transferred from Dr. Ford's lab at Case to his new lab at UC-Denver when Dr. Ford moved to Denver in September 2017.

He is heading to a postdoc position at MIT.

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Congratulations to the Lab of Professor Corey Smith
Oct. 23, 2020

The lab of Corey Smith, Ph.D. has had two papers accepted for publication:

“Fast in vivo detection of myocardial norepinephrine levels in the beating porcine heart”

American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology

Shyue-An Chan, Marmar Vaseghi, Nicholas Kluge, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Jeffrey Ardell, Corey Smith


“Rapid measurement of cardiac neuropeptide dynamics by capacitive immunoprobe in the porcine heart”

Nicholas Kluge, Michael Dacey, Joseph Hadaya, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Shyue-An Chan, Jeffrey L. Ardell, Corey Smith

American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology

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