Departments: Physiology

Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale

The Department of Physiology at MWU Glendale serves several healthcare programs including Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nurse Anesthesia, Dentistry, Optometry, Biomedical Science and Veterinary Medicine.  Four distinct physiology course sequences and an additional systems-based integrated course have been developed for these programs.  Medical Physiology I and II provide a strong physiological foundation for the DO (AZCOM) and Podiatry (AZPOD) programs and include a survey of organ system function and dysfunction in health and disease with specific clinical applications.  Pharmacy Physiology I and II serve students in the College of Pharmacy (CPG) and provide the physiological foundation that is required for pharmacy practice.  The College of Health Sciences (CHS) is served by a two-quarter course sequence that provides a strong foundation in physiology with clinical applications for the PA, PT, NA, MBS and MA programs.  Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) take a three-quarter course sequence in physiology that has a strong focus on clinical correlations and cases.  The Dentistry and Optometry programs use a special course sequence in which the basic sciences are integrated into a systems-based curriculum that includes physiology.

Faculty in the Department of Physiology at MWU-Glendale have diverse research interests including: elucidating mechanisms of action of the naturally occurring phytoestrogen, genistein, on both intestinal and vascular function; the metabolic, endocrine, and cardiac consequences of diabetes and exercise training; molecular mechanisms of vocal learning in songbirds; the neurophysiology and evolution of vocal control; the role of caveolins in modulating insulin signaling; effects of varying oxygen levels on animal physiology and evolution; identification of mechanisms controlling water loss in desert arthropods.  Physiology faculty mentor students in the Biomedical Sciences MBS program along with DO and Veterinary Medicine students that take university-funded summer research electives.  The Department of Physiology at MWU-Glendale has a demonstrated commitment to promoting faculty research while providing students in diverse health professions the opportunity to conduct basic physiological research relevant to health and disease.

Physiology Department Courses

PHYSG 1501:  Pharmacy Physiology I (3.0 credits)
PHYSG 1502:  Pharmacy Physiology II (3.0 credits)

PHYSG 1571 - 1575:  Human Physiology I  (MA, MBS, NA, PT, PA programs, 4.0 credits)
PHYSG 1582 - 1586:  Human Physiology II (PA, PT, NA, MBS, MA programs, 4.0 credits)

PHYSG 1521 and 1523:  Medical Physiology I (DO and POD programs, 5.5 credits)
PHYSG 1532 and 1534: 
Medical Physiology II (DO and POD programs, 5.5 credits)

PHYSG 1512:  Veterinary Physiology I (3.0 credits)
PHYSG 1522:  Veterinary Physiology II (2.0 credits)
PHYSG 1533:  Veterinary Physiology III (4.0 credits)

BASIG 1504/1513 - 1508/1517:  Integrated courses for Dentistry and Optometry


Research Interests

Layla Al-Nakkash, PhD, Professor
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Genistein and intestinal/vascular function
Tom Broderick, PhD, Professor
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Diabetes and exercise
Christopher Olson, PhD, Assistant Professor Vocal learning in songbirds
Michael Quinlan, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair Arthropod water relations
Tobias Riede, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor
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Neurophysiology of vocal control
Johana Vallejo-Elias, PhD, Associate Professor
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Caveolins and insulin signalling
John VandenBrooks, PhD, Assistant Professor
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Effects of oxygen on paleophysiology


Kathleen Billings, Administrative Coordinator
Meghan Franco, Research Assistant
Greg Parker, Research Assistant
Ross Potter, PhD, Laboratory Manager


Department of Physiology
Midwestern University
Agave Hall, Room 217
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ,  85308
Phone: 623-572-3662
Fax: 623-572-3673

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