"The Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine is pioneering the development of new approaches to study cells and organisms in the new discipline of systems biology.  The ultimate goal of our research is to create new knowledge about the function and interactions of living cells, the cellular and molecular basis for dysfunction, and ultimately provide the basis for the development of new clinical treatment strategies to combat disease."
Toni Pak, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology
James R. DePauw Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology

See our Faculty page to learn more about our research.  

2020 Summer Undergraduate Research in Physiology (SURPH) Fellowship

This program is designed to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in cutting edge research on the cardiovascular system or the nervous system with members of the Dept. of Cell and Molecular Physiology (CaMP) at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.
The focus of the training will be ongoing research in individual laboratories. Students in the program will interact with other undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical school faculty, and will attend lab meetings, seminars and safety training.
Investigators in the department are funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association and various foundations.
We are located at the Center for Translational Research and Education building of the Loyola Health Sciences Division, on the Maywood Campus.
The Stritch School of Medicine is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community that upholds access, equity and excellence as core values. We believe that diversity is integral to our mission of transformative educationinnovative discovery and service to others.
Please take a look at our brochure for a list of faculty members and their reseach areas.
Start Date: June 1st, 2020
Duration: 8 weeks
Stipend: $3,000 
Housing: Limited Housing available (up to 8 students)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020


  • Completion of freshman year
  • A 3.25 GPA or better, overall (more weight will be given to science courses
Application Guidelines:
E-mail the following to
Dr. Erika Piedras Rentería,
  • A cover letter in pdf format stating the reason for your interest in the program
  • The names of 2-3 potential mentors of interest from the list of faculty
  • An unofficial transcript in pdf format from all colleges and universities attended
  • ACT or SAT scores (overall and individual subtests)
  • Proof of health insurance will be required upon acceptance

Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE)


The Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology is located in the beautiful new Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE). The CTRE is a vibrant new addition to Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus. This state-of-the-art facility brings together the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, The Graduate School, and Loyola University Health System on an exciting cooperative journey with one unified goal—the rapid translation of fundamental science discoveries into real treatments for human health.




Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)


Our department is closely associated with the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). The CVRI includes over 50 faculty from basic science and clinical departments. The mission of the CVRI is to enhance collaborative research that is broadly related to cardiovascular disease and neuroscience, with the major goal of fostering scientific exchange between clinicians and basic scientists at Loyola Health Sciences Division (HSD).