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Welcome to the Department of Physiology & Biophysics

The theme of research and strength of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics is integration of knowledge obtained from research at the level of molecules, cells, and organs to understand functions of the body at the whole organism. The objective is to understand basic mechanisms and defects in these basic mechanism with the object of translating this information to diagnosis, therapies and prevention of clinical disorders. Researchers lead teams in translational research including drug discovery related to heart failure, hypertension, depression, cancer, and reproductive diseases.

Department Head: Jan Kitajewski, PhD,
Department Business Contact: Lea Smucker,

Department News and Events

Faculty In The News: Mark Rasenick, PhD
Mark Rasenick and his groups paper in Journal of Biological Chemistry was selected as a Paper of the Week by the journal. This paper on the delayed impact of antidepresents was discussed by ASBMB Today on page 11 of their October issue.
Link to Journal of Biological Chemistry article:
Link to ASBMB issue: ASBMB Today

Faculty In The News: Chong Wee Liew, PhD
Please join us in congratulating Chong Wee and colleagues on their elegant study, The obesity-induced transcriptional regulator TRIP-Br2 mediates visceral fat endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced inflammation, highlighted in the following UIC news release:
Link to UIC News Release: Health News
Link to Article: Nature Communications

New Program: Master of Science in Medical Physiology
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is proud to announce the start of a new master’s program in August of 2016, the Master of Science in Medical Physiology. The new MS program is now accepting applications. More information is available here

Dean Azar welcomes new Department Head, Jan Kitajewski, PhD
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jan K. Kitajewski, PhD as Head of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago effective January 16, 2016. Dr. Kitajewski is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in understanding developmental, physiological and tumor angiogenesis.
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