David C. Zawieja, PhD
Director of Division of Lymphatic Biology
Medical Research Building
Cynthia J. Meininger, PhD
Director of Division of Vascular Biology
140 Medical Research Building
About Medical Physiology
The Department of Medical Physiology explores the functions of the human body in health and disease. The department is headquartered in the Medical Research Building at Scott & White on the Temple campus of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. The teaching, research and service missions of the department are supported by 17 tenured/tenure-track faculty members.
Our research focuses on the cardiovascular system with clusters of expertise in cardiac biology, vascular biology, lymphatic biology, physiological imaging, and computational biology. Funding for this research is provided by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA, American Heart Association and other foundations. The faculty is committed to bridging the gap between basic and clinical research through translational studies that probe human pathobiology and seek to develop therapeutic countermeasures for these abnormal conditions. These studies are performed in collaboration with physicians at Baylor Scott & White Health and Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. Clinical disorders of interest to our faculty include: heart failure, arterial hypertension, ischemia, inflammation, edema, and diabetes.
The faculty of the department teaches and trains medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. PhD and MD/PhD training within the College of Medicine are facilitated by a multidisciplinary Medical Science Graduate Program that provides several tracks to accommodate student research interests, including a Cardiovascular Science Track. The high level of research and training interactions between faculty members is a strength of the department.
MPHY graduate course descriptions can be viewed through the Texas A&M Course Catalog.
The research interests of the Medical Physiology faculty range from molecular and cell biology to tissues, organs, entire organ systems and organisms. All of our faculty members participate in thematic centers, institutes or interdisciplinary faculties within the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and/or Texas A&M University, including:
- Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)
- Center for Translational Environmental Health Research (CTEHR)
- DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science & Biomedical Devices
- Department of Genetics Faculty
- Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine & Human Performance
- Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology (IFT)
- Ophthalmic Vascular Research Program (OVRP)