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Congratulations to Dr. Tingwei Mu!
Sept. 13, 2021

Tingwei Mu, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded tenure by the University Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2021.

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Congratulations to Dr. Di Hu!
Aug. 19, 2021

Di Hu, Ph.D., a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Xin Qi, has had the paper “Small-molecule suppression of calpastatin degradation reduces neuropathology in models of Huntington’s disease” accepted for publication in Nature Communications.

Di Hu, Xiaoyan Sun, Anniefer Magpusao, Yuriy Fedorov, Matthew Thompson, Benlian Wang, Kathleen Lundberg, Drew J. Adams and Xin Qi

The paper will be published online on September 6.  /  DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-25651-y

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19th Annual Department Retreat
Sept. 17, 2021 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

After a one year hiatus, the Department will resume hosting its annual retreat on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center for Global Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.

Facutly, postdocs, Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students, and research staff will attend.

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Annual Recknagel Symposium
Sept. 17, 2021 8:30 a.m.

The Department will host its annual Recknagel Symposium within the context of its annual retreat at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Center for Global Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.

Doctoral students who entered the program over the last year will present 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.

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Department to host Ohio Physiological Society 35th annual meeting
Sept. 17, 2021 - Sept. 18, 2021

The Department will host the 35th annual meeting of the Ohio Physiological Society on Friday and Saturday, September 17-18, 2021 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.

The meeting is headlined "Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology".

The keynote address, "Genes, physiology, and fertility at high altitudes", will be given by Cynthia Beall, Ph.D., a Distinguished University Professor, the Sarah Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology, and the Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University.

Department of Physiology and Biophysics assistant professor Nami Tajima, Ph.D is the 2020-2022 president of the Ohio Physiological Society.

The OPS is a chapter of the American Physiological Society.


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6th Matthew N. Levy Lecture
Oct. 28, 2021 4 p.m.

Howard A. Rockman, M.D., the Edward S. Orgain Distinguished Professor of Cardiology and a professor of Medicine and of Cell Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine will give the Department's sixth Matthew N. Levy Lecture on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

The title of Dr. Rockman's lecture is “Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Signaling:  Evolving Concepts and Therapeutics”.

Faculty hosts are Walter F. Boron, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and Mukesh K. Jain, M.D., the Ellery Sedgwick, Jr. Chair & Distinguished Scientist and the Chief Scientific Officer of the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals of Cleveland and a professor of Medicine at the Case Western Resesrve University School of Medicine.

A reception in Dr. Rockman's  honor will preceed the lecture.

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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Recent News

Annual DPB Baseball Outing
Aug. 20, 2021 7:10 p.m.

The Department hosted its annual Cleveland Indians baseball outing on Friday, August 20, 2021. The Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 9 - 1 at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland.

The Department hosts the baseball outing at the beginning of each new academic year to welcome our new graduate students and to provide an enjoyable evening for returning students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are complimentary for our students and department associates, and the Terrace Club is reserved for our attendees.

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DPB Summer Picnic
Aug. 5, 2021 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

After a one-year break, the Department hosted its annual summer picnic on Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills.

Students and spouses, children, partners, and significant others of Department associates also attended..

The menu included offerings from Kim's Catering and the local establishment East Coast Custard.

Activities included softball, with several teams organized by faculty, students and other Department associates.

We are grateful for a successful event.

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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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Congratulations to Dr. Paulina Getsy
June 11, 2021

Paulina Getsy, a doctoral candidate mentored by and in the lab of Dr. Stephen Lewis publicly defended her doctoral dissertation on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

The title of Dr. Getsy's dissertation is "Ventilatory Responses after Loss of Chemoafferent or Sympathetic Inputs to Respiratory-Control Structures".

The defense was presented remotely, via Zoom.

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Congratulations to Dr. Seth Fillioe
June 2, 2021

Seth Fillioe, Ph.D., a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Michael Decker, has been selected to be part of the School of Medicine Translational Fellows Program for his project entitled, “Translating serum markers of fatigue into a real-time sensor worn by aviators”.

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Congratulations to the Lab of Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran
June 1, 2021

The lab of Rajesh Ramachandran, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has had the manuscript, “NMR identification of a conserved Drp1 cardiolipin-binding motif essential for stress-induced mitochondrial fission” accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

The article will be published online in a few weeks.

Mukesh Mahajan*, Nikhil Bharambe*, Yutong Shang*, Bin Lu*, Abhishek Mandal*, Pooja Madan Mohan, Rihua Wang, Jennifer C. Boatz, Juan Manuel Martinez Galvez, Anna Shnyrova, Xin Qi, Matthias Buck, Patrick C.A. van der Wel, and Rajesh Ramachandran†.

*equal contribution
†corresponding author 

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

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

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

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Congratulations to Dr. Joseph LaManna
May 12, 2021

Joseph LaManna, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has had the following chapters published in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (May 2021):

  • "Chronic Ketosis Modulates HIF1α-Mediated Inflammatory Response in Rat Brain"
  • "Effect of 3-Day and 21-Day Hypoxic Preconditioning on Recovery Following Cerebral Ischemia in Rats"
  • "Environmental Enrichment Improved Cognitive Performance in Mice under Normoxia and Hypoxia"
  • "Altered Behavioral Performance in the Neuron-Specific HIF-1- and HIF-2-Deficient Mice Following Chronic Hypoxic Exposure"



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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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