About Us

Research, Education, Service, and Mentoring

From the Chair, Irving H. Zucker, Ph.D.

Irving H. Zucker, Ph.D.

Biology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because--the living world constituting but a tiny and very "special" part of the universe--it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position...” Jacques Monod

Physiology is the branch of science that attempts to discover the physical and chemical factors responsible for life processes. The quote above from the great biochemist and molecular biologist Jacques Monod exemplifies why we do science. All scientific disciplines are vital for a comprehensive understanding of life. In the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology (CIP) we do research, train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and teach medical students as well as allied health professionals. Our mission is to excel in research, teaching and service to the University and community (e.g. outreach to elementary, middle and high school students).

This department consists of 25 faculty that include 16 full time members with primary appointments in the Department of CIP and 9 faculty with primary appointments in other basic science or clinical departments. We occupy approximately 23,000 square feet of space in a new state-of-the-art research building, The Durham Research Center. Core facilities exist to carry out just about every type of biomedical investigation. The department is heavily support by funds from the National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association. In 2017, the total research funding acquired by our 17 full time faculty totaled $4,241,204. This is a great place to work from a scientific point of view and from a collegial point of view.

I invite you to browse our web site. Our research expertise includes cardiovascular neuroscience, renal and sensory physiology. Please see individual faculty listings for more details about our research. Feel free to contact me or any member of our faculty or staff for additional information.