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Improving People's Lives Through Research, Education and Service in the Fields of Physiology and Cell Biology

18 faculty members working at the forefront of physiological researchEstablished in 1879, an internationally recognized leader in physiologyProviding opportunities for students to pursue research in contemporary fields

About the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

Established in 1879, the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University is one of the oldest departments of its kind in the United States. The department has been internationally recognized as a leader in the field of muscle physiology since the days of Professor Emil Bozler, PhD, a distinguished researcher at Ohio State from 1936-75 who contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms of smooth and cardiac muscle activation and the role of calcium in skeletal muscle contraction.

The mission of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology has three major components:

  • To educate undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the physiological and cell biological sciences and skills basic to the practice of medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and other allied health professions. Graduate education, which is incorporated in this function, prepares students for careers in physiological and cell biological research, research management and teaching.
  • To conduct basic and applied research that extends the frontiers of physiological and cell biological science at all levels of biological organization, from molecules to the whole organism, with relevance for the solution of health problems in humans and animals.
  • To provide service and expertise to The Ohio State University, the state of Ohio and national/international biomedical organizations.

Research Discoveries in...

  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Diseases
Peter Mohler, Ph.D.

A Message From the Department Chair

Peter J. Mohler, Ph.D.

Faculty members in our department are at the forefront of modern physiological research, ranging from basic to applied translational research. Students and postdoctoral researchers have opportunities to pursue research in contemporary fields, exploring the mechanisms of disease in cardiovascular, neuronal and cancer biology. Our faculty are also actively involved in teaching medical and other professional students, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

The Ohio State University is an exciting place where students and faculty have the opportunity to interact not only with faculty in the College of Medicine, but also with faculty in the colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry Arts and Sciences, and others across one of the largest university campuses in the country.