Graduate Program Description

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics offers a program that leads to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). A Combined Degree Program (M.D./Ph.D.) is also available for those who are accepted into the Howard University College of Medicine. The mission of the Physiology and Biophysics department is to train highly qualified students to become the next generation of our nations research scientists, biomedical leaders, and physiologist. Graduates of our program have been appointed top positions at respective academic institutions. The training received by our students also prepares graduates for positions in industry and government.

The programs consist of academic course work, research, and select teaching experiences.  Students may also take advanced courses to supplement their training thus strengthening their knowledge in specific subject areas. Our dedicated faculty and department work closely with our students to carefully craft a training plan that leads to a holistic and impactful training experience.  Graduate training in the department embraces the modern view of physiology as an integrative science, utilizing information obtained from several different levels to gain a better understanding of organ system functions.

The specific research interests of most of the faculty can be grouped under six principal themes: neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology, renal physiology, respiratory physiology, endocrine physiology and metabolic disorders. The diverse expertise of our faculty ensures that students will have ample exposures to a wide range of disciplines during their pre-doctoral training.

All doctoral (Ph.D.) applicants must submit their applications to the Howard University Graduate School for consideration. Please follow the Graduate Application Link to begin the process. Once a student is accepted into the program, they are required to attend an orientation session that provides information about the curriculum and training experience.

Thank you for visiting our website to learn about the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Graduate program.  If there are additional questions about the program, please do not hesitate to e-mail Dr. Dexter L. Lee (, Director of Graduate Studies.

Physiology and Biophysics Graduates 2014-2017

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