Integrative Physiology

[Fields of Study]

Tom Cunningham, Ph.D., Graduate Advisor
Everett Bldg., EAD-332B
817-735-5096

http://www.hsc.unt.edu/sites/DepartmentofIntegrativePhysiology/

Graduate Faculty: Caffrey, Cunningham, Downey, Gwirtz, Ma, Mallet, MifflinRaven, Rickards, Schreihofer, Shi, Smith, Yuan

Physiology is an essential foundation for clinical and experimental medicine. The physiologist seeks an understanding of the physical and chemical mechanisms of biological processes. Thus, physiology is the study of the function of living organisms and their various components. It encompasses normal and abnormal function and ranges in scope from an understanding of basic molecular and cellular functions to a cognizance of biological control systems and of the integration of bodily functions among multiple organ systems.   

The Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy maintains an active and productive research program with special emphasis on cardiovascular physiology. Research interests of the faculty include cardioprotection, myocardial energy metabolism, cardiac endocrinology, coronary flow and flow regulation, cardiovascular responses to exercise, and mechanisms of blood pressure and blood volume regulation. Faculty programs are funded by extramural sources including the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, the Department of Defense, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Students may enter the program with a variety of academic backgrounds, providing that they have fulfilled prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The graduate training program involves one year of courses in biomedical sciences and advanced courses in physiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, molecular biology and biochemistry. The program is designed to integrate the fundamental processes of molecular biology with organ system functions. Students participate in teaching and seminars and receive extensive training in techniques of contemporary physiological research. Doctoral students and Master of Science students perform original, publishable research and present their research findings at national scientific meetings. At the end of the first year, all graduate students must pass an oral physiology progress examination. One to two years are required to complete the Master of Science degree requirements. Three to five years are required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree requirements. It is expected that, prior to the awarding of the doctorate, the student will have published, have in press or have submitted two first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Graduates with advanced degrees find employment in higher education, industry and government agencies.

Degree Plans

Typical degree plans leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are outlined below. The doctoral program offers the choice of two tracks, one focusing on Integrative Cardiovascular Science and the other focusing on Molecular Cardiovascular Science. It is advantageous to the student to begin graduate study in the summer or fall semesters. The degree plan may vary depending upon availability of course offerings in a given semester and each student's background and progress toward thesis or dissertation research.

MS Degree Plan for Integrative Physiology and Anatomy

Year 1: Fall

BMSC 6301

Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry

4 SCH

BMSC 6302

Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology

4 SCH

BMSC 5135

Introduction to Faculty Research Programs

2 SCH

BMSC 5160

Biomedical Ethics

1 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

BMSC 5150

Laboratory Rotations

1 SCH



13 SCH




Year 1: Spring

BMSC 6303

Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Physiology

3 SCH

BMSC 6304 Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Pharmacology 2 SCH

BMSC 6305

Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Immunology and Microbiology

3 SCH

BMSC 5150

Laboratory Rotations

1 SCH

BMSC 5310

Scientific Communications

3 SCH



12 SCH




Year 1: Summer

BMSC 5400

Biostatistics for BMSC

4 SCH

BMSC 5395

Thesis

3 SCH



7 SCH




TOTAL


31 SCH

MS Degree Plan for Integrative Physiology and Anatomy

Year 2: Fall

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

PSIO-5300

Cardiovascular Physiology

3 SCH


OR


PSIO-6380 Neurohumoral Control of Autonomic Function 3 SCH


4 SCH

Year 2: Spring

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

PSIO 5302 Physiology & Pathophysiology of the Renal & Respiratory Systems 3 SCH


OR


PSIO 6350

Integrative Physiology of Skeletal Muscle

3 SCH



4 SCH




TOTAL


8 SCH


PhD Degree Plan for Integrative Physiology and Anatomy

Year 1: Fall

BMSC 6301

Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry

4 SCH

BMSC 6302

Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology

4 SCH

BMSC 5135

Introduction to Faculty Research Programs

2 SCH

BMSC 5160

Biomedical Ethics

1 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

BMSC 5150

Lab Rotation

1 SCH



12 SCH


Year 1: Spring

BMSC 6303

Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Physiology

3 SCH

BMSC 6304

Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Pharmacology

2 SCH

BMSC 6305

Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Immunology and Microbiology

3 SCH

BMSC 5150

Lab Rotations

1 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

BMSC 5310

Scientific Communications

3 SCH



13 SCH


Year 1: Summer

BMSC 5400

Biostatistics for BMSC

4 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH



6 SCH


Year 2: Fall

PSIO 5300

Cardiovascular Physiology

3 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

PSIO 6380 Neurohumoral Control of Autonomic Function 3 SCH


Electives*

5 SCH



12 SCH


Year 2: Spring

PSIO 5302

Physiology & Pathophysiology of the Renal & Respiratory Systems

3 SCH

PSIO 6350 Integrative Physiology of Skeletal Muscle 3 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH


Electives*

5 SCH



12 SCH


Year 2: Summer


Oral Qualifying Exam

0 SCH


Electives*

6 SCH



6 SCH


Year 3: Fall

BMSC 6310 Grant Writing 3 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH


Electives*

8 SCH



12 SCH



Year 3: Spring

BMSC 6998 Individual Research 2 SCH

PSIO 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH


 Electives*

6 SCH



9 SCH




Year 3: Summer

BMSC 6395

Doctoral Dissertation

6 SCH


Year 4: Fall

BMSC 6395

Doctoral Dissertation

9 SCH




Year 4: Spring



BMSC 6395 Doctoral Dissertation 9 SCH






TOTAL


103 SCH

*Electives must include at least 1 additional SCH of Individual Research (BMSC 6940.)


Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

Qualifying Examination

Prior to registration for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310), and before completion of 72 SCH of course work, doctoral students are required to pass an oral qualifying examination. I is recommended that the exam take place during the sprng or summer semester of the student's second year in the program. The examination will be administered by a departmental examining committee, which will not include the student's mentor. The examination may address all aspects of physiology and, in addition, assess the student's research skills and aptitude.

A maximum of two attempts to pass the qualifying examination will be allowed. A doctoral student who does not pass after the second attempt may be ismissed or allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

Grant Writing (BMSC 6310)

After passing the qualifying examination, the student must register for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310) in the next long semester. In this course, students are required to submit an NIH grant application to their Advisory Committee. The grant application will describe the student's dissertation research project, and will serve as the student's dissertation proposal. Following a public, oral presentation of the research proposal in the grant application, the student will defend the grant application and research proposal before his/her Advisory Committee.

Upon approval of the grant application and the research proposal, the student is advanced to candidacy. If the grant appication and the research proposal are not approved on the first attempt, the student may be offered a re-examination during the current semester or the student will be required to register for BMSC 6310 again in the next long semester. The grant application and research proposal must be sucessfully defended on the second attempt, or the student will be dismissed from the PhD program.

This page last updated 15th Jan 2014