Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Graduate Programs

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science Programs in Biomedical Sciences

The department faculty participate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. and MSBS programs in Biomedical Sciences which prepare scientists for careers in science, with an emphasis on original research.  Working together with the faculty advisor, each student will conceive, design and execute a research project that makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in biomedical sciences.  The diversity of faculty interests offers students an excellent opportunity for intensive training in many areas in an environment favorable for establishing collaborative projects that cross conventional disciplinary boundaries.  Our faculty possess a broad range of expertise, backgrounds, viewpoints, and technical skills.

Students accepted into the Biomedical Sciences program will follow a core curriculum.  They will also do rotations through research labs.  During this period, the student will become better acquainted with the research interests of the faculty and select a major advisor and project for their dissertation/thesis.  There are four tracks within the program:

Cancer Biology (CB)

Molecular Medicine (MOME formerly CVMD)

Infection, Immunity and Transplantation (IIT)

Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders (NND)

Each of these tracks is associated with a basic science department, although faculty membership is not limited to members of that department.  The Molecular Medicine Track is associated with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.  Dr. Andrew Beavis is the Graduate Program Director of the MOME (formerly CVMD) track.  Faculty members in the MOME tracks have research interests that include hypertension, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, diabetes and insulin resistance and steroid hormone signaling.

Further information regarding the areas of research interests of department faculty including representative publications can be found under the listing of individual faculty.

Research Facilities
The department is located within the Paul Block Jr. Health Sciences Building. The laboratories contain all the equipment needed for vigorous research and training, including thermal cyclers for PCR amplification of DNA, ultracentrifuges, liquid scintillation counters, gamma counters, analytical and preparative HPLCs, spectrophotometers, a spectrofluorometer equipped for measuring intracellular ion concentrations, a Coulter cell counter, electrophysiological equipment for studying the cardiovascular and nervous systems, equipment for cell culture and patch clamp study of single-ion channels, a refrigerated microtome, and many others. Elsewhere on the campus are facilities for protein sequencing and for peptide and oligonucleotide synthesis, modern computer facilities (including image analysis), transmission and scanning electron microscopes, an outstanding animal facility, a modern medical library, and a core facility for proteomic and genomic analyses.  The department research programs are supported by grants from a variety of agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association.

The Health Science Campus and Toledo Community

The University of Toledo Health Science Campus is located about 3 miles south of the Main Campus in southwest Toledo.  Toledo is a community of about 350,000 residents, located in northwest Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.  It is a greatly diversified industrial and agricultural community known as the "glass capital of the world".  Not only is it a center for the of glass manufacturing industry, but also for the use of glass as a medium for art.  A new Art Glass Pavilion opened in August 2006 as part of the highly regarded Toledo Museum of Art.  Toledo’s symphony orchestra, and zoological gardens are also highly regarded, and several theatrical groups perform in the community.  Facilities at the Toledo Zoo are used by the College of Medicine Graduate programs for annual research forums at which students spend a day presenting their research for discussion by fellow students and faculty.  The surrounding area has an excellent park system for hiking and camping, and there are many opportunities for water sports and skiing.  Toledo is home to the Toledo Mud Hens baseball team with their recently constructed ball park in downtown Toledo and the Toledo Storm hockey team.  Additional scientific, educational and cultural resources are available at the Main Campus and nearby Bowling Green State University.  Toledo is within a few hours of several major metropolitan areas, including Detroit and Chicago, in addition to Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.


Application for admission must be made online, by going to this web page.  Please note that all applications follow the same path and your area of concentration will not be fixed until you have completed the core curriculum.  Thus, if the application form asks you to select an area of concentration, select any of them; it will not affect the handling of the application all.  All applications are reviewed by the same committee.  The form will be updated in the near future.  For further information connect to the UT Health Science Campus, College of Graduate Studies web page.  Specific questions related to the MOME (formerly CVMD) track may be sent to the address below or e-mailed to Andrew D. Beavis, PhD at

Correspondence and Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Health Science Campus
The University of Toledo
3000 Transverse Dr.
Toledo, Ohio 43614-5804
Telephone: 419-383-4183
Fax: 419-383-2871

Last Updated: 8/9/17