Our Research Themes

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The five research themes in the Department of Physiology focus on the following key areas:

2D image of neurons Neuroscience

              • Neurophysiology
              • Synaptic plasticity
              • Ageing

A student using a pipette to carry out an experimentDrug Development & Bioengineering

              • Drug discovery
              • Target discovery
              • Skeletal tissue bioengineering

Human Health and Disease imageDisease Areas & Pathophysiology

              • Neurology
              • Neurodegeneration
              • Psychiatric disorders
              • Inflammatory illness

A close up of a section of a cellCell Physiology

              • Adult stem cell biology
              • Neuronal cells
              • Glial cells
              • Immune cells

A close up photo of a computer monitoring a person's CO2 levels. The person can be seen in the adjacent room exercising on a bikeExercise Science

              • Cardiovascular control
              • Metabolis
              • Metabolic syndromes
              • Mu



Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities pertinent to each research area. These include tissue culture facilities, a fully-equipped histology suite, a range of core cellular and molecular technologies including flow cytometry, a well-equipped behaviour suite, electrophysiological equipment for neurophysiological analysis, state-of-the-art exercise apparatus with integrated metabolic analysers, blood flow and pulse wave analysis systems, neurosensory analysers, and a facility for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Through TCIN, we have access to human and small animal MRI facilities.