Nurturing the passion for discovery

We believe the purpose of a superb doctoral training program is to nurture the development of high quality, well-motivated students to become independent investigators. Our faculty is committed to excellence in both their science and the training of students. We are committed to the development of the research and training environment and to providing students with a solid integrated foundation in basic medical science. It is our goal to help graduate students develop solid scientific skills as well as to nurture an enthusiasm for scientific investigation and a high scientific moral code.

Students work in state-of-the-art research laboratories and enjoy extensive core facilities in the department and in several research institutes. Of particular note is a biotechnology core facility located in the department that provides electronic/computer, machine shop and imaging services. Well-equipped labs dedicated to confocal microscopy and tissue culture are available in addition to equipment rooms housing centrifuges, scintillation counters, stills, shaker baths, ice machines, photo stands, cold rooms, dark rooms, seminar/conference rooms and a departmental library.

Why a Graduate Program in the Department of Physiology at Loyola?

Physiology is the study of the function of living organisms. The Cellular and Molecular Physiology track trains future PhDs to acquire, analyze and integrate data obtained from their basic research into a physiological context to understand the molecular basis of cell function and dysfunction within the organism. The Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at Loyola University Chicago has an excellent tradition in training students for the PhD degree. With cardiovascular research and neurosciences as the main focus, students have an excellent environment for research training. Our relatively small size of approximately 15 graduate faculty and our well-funded programs, combined with a closely coordinated training program, contribute to an excellent educational opportunity. Students are given a solid integrated foundation in basic medical sciences, including biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology and pathophysiology. The program also provides students with an option to gain experience and competence in teaching. More specifically, the graduate program in Cell and Molecular Physiology is designed to provide students with:

  • A broad background of knowledge in physiology
  • A depth of knowledge and understanding in the specialized area of their choice
  • Skills in the critical analysis of the scientific literature as well as skills in written and oral communication
  • A scholarly approach to scientific investigation.

These components of our PhD program ensure that graduates are well prepared for stimulating and successful careers in academic institutions as well as industrial or government laboratories.

Erika S. Piedras-Renteria, PhD
Graduate Program Director