Education

Course Offerings

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics offers a wide range of courses serving students in the graduate school, medical school, dental school and the pharmacy school. To ensure that its course offerings are of highest quality and appropriate rigor, the department regularly evaluates all courses and has three standing educational committees.

Short descriptions of the Departmental course offerings can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

In order to obtain an override for a course, you MUST contact the course director (listed for each course below). The administrative staff cannot obtain or process overrides without the course director's approval. Typically, the course director will ask you to attend the first day of class to obtain the override approval. If you have any questions or problems after the approval has been given by the course director, you can contact Christina Kyrus at cikyrus@vcu.edu.

CourseTitleCourse Director
PHIS 206/BIOL 206Human Physiology

Charles Anderson, Ph.D. (Fall/Spring),
Ramzi Ockaili, Ph.D. (Summer)

PHIZ 206L/BIOL 206LHuman Physiology LaboratoryRamzi Ockaili, Ph.D.
PHIS 309Introductory Quantitative Physiology ITBD
PHIS 310Introductory Quantitative Physiology IITBD
PHIS 501Mammalian PhysiologyCharles Anderson, Ph.D.
DEBS 512Physiology and PathophysiologyVijay Lyall, Ph.D.
PHIS 512Cardiac Function in HealthFadi Salloum, Ph.D.
PHIS 604Cell Physiology: Cardiovascular and Respiratory

Roland Pittman, Ph.D.

PHIS 606Molecular Basis for DiseaseCarlos Escalante, Ph.D.
PHIS 607 Cell Physiology: GI and EndocrineLiya Qiao, Ph.D.
PHIS 612Cardiovascular PhysiologyGea-Ny Tseng, Ph.D.
PHIS 615Signal Detection in Sensory SystemsVijay Lyall, Ph.D.
PHIS 617Cellular SignalingS. Murthy Karnam, Ph.D.
PHIS 619Mitochondrial Pathophysiology and Human DiseaseJames P. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D.
PHIS 620/ PHTX 620Ion Channels in MembranesI. Scott Ramsey, Ph.D.
PHIS 630-606Methods in Molecular BiophysicsCarlos Escalante, Ph.D.
PHIS 631Electrophysiology and Photonic MethodsTBD
PHIS 650Critical Thinking in Physiology

Qinglian Liu, Ph.D.
Liya Qiao, Ph.D.

PHIS 689Physiology Preseminar Highlights

Lei Zhou, Ph.D.

PHIS 690-901Physiology Research SeminarLei Zhou, Ph.D.
PHIS 691-003Physiology and Pharmacology in the Gastrointestinal System

John Grider , Ph.D.
S. Murthy Karnam, Ph.D.
Hamid I. Akbarali, Ph.D.

PHIS 695-001Research in ProgressLei Zhou, Ph.D,  
I. Scott Ramsey, Ph.D.
PHIS 697Directed Research in Physiology

Roland Pittman, Ph.D.

MEDI 117PhysiologyClive Baumgarten, Ph.D.
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