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Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics

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The department is the home of the University of Florida Hypertension Center, the American Heart Association Medical Student Research Fellowships, and the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Program. In addition, we are pleased to be affiliated with the Whitney Laboratory in St. Augustine, and the Perinatal and Reproductive Biology Research Program.

UF Hypertension Center

Provides research interaction and education through seminars, teaching and scientific discussion on studies related to hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Interdepartmental. Intercollegiate. Supported by NIH grants of members, Merck and Hoechst Marion Merril-Dow.

Whitney Laboratory

The Whitney Laboratory is a marine biomedical research center of the University of Florida. Research at the Whitney Laboratory uses marine organisms to address questions in the physiology and biochemistry of vision and olfaction; neurotransmitter physiology, pharmacology and evolution; the structure, function and evolution of ion channels; parasitology; the developmental biology of vertebrates; signal transduction of osmoregulatory responses; membrane transport systems; and gene regulation. The Laboratory is fully equipped for modern cell and molecular biology, and has space available for visitors.

Reproductive and Perinatal Biology Research Program

Mission Statement: To foster collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative approaches to basic and translational research that (i) improves the health of pregnant women and their babies, (ii) enhances the reproductive success of agriculturally important animals and wildlife, and (iii) prepares the next generation of scientists in these research disciplines.


The multidisciplinary faculty of The Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics actively pursue nationally funded research programs in the areas of cell physiology, vascular biology, membrane transport, electrophysiology and ion channels, neuroendocrinology, general endocrinology, reproductive physiology, neonatal physiology, respiration, circulation, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, muscle, and exercise physiology. Students can gather data for their Ph.D. dissertation by utilizing a wide variety of techniques involving cell and tissue cultures, molecular biology, membrane techniques, electrophysiology, organ and tissue perfusion, specialized surgical procedures, and computer modeling.


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