Physiology and Pharmacology

A discipline of Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences

The Physiology & Pharmacology discipline encompasses the study of fundamental mechanisms that underlie cellular and systems level function and dysfunction. In addition, this discipline examines how drugs influence these systems, with the ultimate goal being to better treat human disease. This discipline offers distinct curricular tracks for training in both classical, and modern Physiology and Pharmacology.  It provides the opportunity for inter-disciplinary training that  bridges these fields and provides exposure to knowledge and skills ranging from the detailed characterization and principles of drug-receptor interactions through to systems level analyses of physiological processes. A vibrant environment supports student development through team science, translational opportunities and clinical collaborations.

Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline
Final Application Deadline

Contact us

For information on the Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline, please contact:
Lyn Daws, Ph.D., Physiology & Pharmacology Discipline Director
Sandra 'Lucero' Coronado, Physiology & Pharmacology Discipline Coordinator
For information on the IBMS Ph.D Program, please contact:
Michael Berton, Ph.D., IBMS Program Director
Donna Navarro, MS, IBMS Assistant Director


  • Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree and relevant advance coursework
  • GPA no lower than 3.0
  • Submit transcripts to Office of the Registrar

Tuition and fees

Students receive a stipend of $35,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program.


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is proud to partner with the Texas Higher Education Board in helping students develop and build on skills employers value and seek out in job candidates.

Career Paths and Marketable Skills

Jacob Boyd, 4th year student

Beyond the interests and expertise of the faculty, I have been impressed by the consistent help offered with courses, writing, performing experiments and especially decompressing from the stresses of grad school.

Jacob Boyd, 4th year student