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Our Research Themes

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


  • Neurophysiology
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Ageing

Drug Development & Bioengineering

  • Drug discovery
  • Target discovery
  • Skeletal tissue bioengineering

Disease Areas & Pathophysiology

  • Neurology
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Inflammatory illness

Cell Physiology

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

Exercise Science

  • Cardiovascular control
  • Metabolis
  • Metabolic syndromes
  • Muscle function


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.