Biomedical Physiology integrates biological processes and interactions at the molecular, cellular and organ levels in order to understand how an organism works. Eventually an understandable model of the whole system can be developed.
Members of the faculty of the PEMM Biomedical Physiology Track conduct research focused on uncovering the relationships and interactions among various parts of a biological system (e.g., gene and protein networks involved in cell signaling, metabolic pathways, organelles, cells, physiological systems, organisms etc.). The experimental approaches employ techniques that span the gamut of basic science disciplines, and range from gene manipulation to studies of the interactions among different tissues and organ systems in whole animals, including humans.
Several of our research groups make use of the entire spectrum of experimental strategies, from molecular genetics, through studies in cultured cells and isolated
organs, to analysis of integrated responses involving several organ systems or the whole animal. Thus, students can acquire a broad-based and yet focused scientific experience while working on a single problem in a laboratory. The majority of the Biomedical Physiology faculty is based in the Physiology Department. However, several members have collaborative research projects with faculty from other departments in the Medical School, Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering, thus further increasing the training environment and diversity of research available to the graduate student.
The Biomedical Physiology Track offers training opportunities in endocrinology, immunology, neuroscience, and cardiovascular, renal and respiratory biology. Additional training may also be undertaken in theoretical aspects of biological control systems and in computer applications to biological problems.