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Welcome to the Department of Human Physiology

by Li-Shan Chou, Department Head

On behalf of the faculty and students of the Department of Human Physiology, I would like to welcome you to our website. Our department is home to undergraduate and graduate students who desire strong training in human physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research. (more…)

Featured News

February 8, 2017

BSSC experts chime in on Tom Brady’s football future

Tom Brady may have his 5th Super Bowl ring, but how many more are in his future? HPHY Associate Professor and BSSC Director Mike Hahn and PhD student Jake Hinkel-Lipsker provide their insight in this Reuters article on the oldest starting Quarterback in the NFL.

January 9, 2017

Associate Professor Mike Hahn Featured In Expert Panel For WalletHub Article

WalletHub, a financial “fitness” website, recently published their list of the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle. HPHY Associate Professor and BSSC Director Mike Hahn lent his expert advice on introducing positive changes.

Full article here:

Link to Mike’s advice:



November 22, 2016

HPHY Monetary Awards 2015/2016

Congratulations to these faculty, graduate and undergraduate 2015/2016 award winners! A total of $484,677 has been awarded to those in Human Physiology.


  • Andrew Lovering – NASA
  • Carrie McCurdy – National Institutes of Health
  • Sierra Dawson – 2016 UO Teaching Excellence Fellowship
  • Christopher Minson – UO Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiative Award

Graduate students:

  • JJ Hannigan – International Society of Biomechanics Travel Grant
  • Vienna Brunt – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Vienna Brunt – American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section
  • Brett Ely – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Vienna Brunt – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • Brett Ely – Evonuk Fellowship in Environmental and Stress Physiology
  • Brett Ely – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • JJ Hannigan – McCue Fellowship for Human Performance and Development
  • JJ Hannigan – Jan Broekhoff Graduate Scholarship
  • Austin Hocker – HPHY Graduate Teaching Award
  • Bryson Nakamura – Evonuk Memorial Graduate Fellowship
  • Shannon Pomeroy – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship

Undergraduate students:

  • Taylor Eymann – ACSMNW Undergraduate Thematic Poster Award
  • Alysia Lovemark – ACSMNW “Student Bowl” Champions
  • Jared Steele – ACSMNW “Student Bowl” Champions
  • Keeley Debar – ACSMNW “Student Bowl” Champions
  • Teale Andreason – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Antonio Barrera – HPHY Physiology TA of the Year
  • Varneet Brar – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Varneet Brar – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • Varneet Brar – Henry V. Howe Scholarship
  • Lindan Comrada – McNair Scholarship
  • Mai’ana Feuerborn – UO Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Mini-grant Award
  • David Gallacher – Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • David Gallacher – HPHY Shapiro Scholarship
  • Sarianne Harris – UO Undergraduate Research Award
  • Sarianne Harris – Clark Honors College
  • Alyssa Hardin – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Wendy Peters – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • Jared Steele – Stephanie Jackson Human Anatomy TA of the Year
  • Jared Steele – Anatomy TA of the Year
  • Jessica Walker – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Centurian Award
  • Jonathan Wallace – Edward C Sargent Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Dunbar Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Honors College Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Presidential Scholarship
  • Austin Thompson – HPHY Fieldman Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Hao Tan – HPHY Shapiro Scholarship
October 18, 2016

HPHY Graduate climbs her way into Science Journal

HPHY Alumni Lauren Earthman (’15) participated in an altitude effects study in Bolivia during her Freshman year. Results from that study have been featured in the international weekly science journal, Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Research.

Check out the full article here:

September 28, 2016

Seminar Series for Fall 2016 announced

The department hosts a yearlong seminar series that explores various topics from obesity, exercise science, bio-mechanics and other Human Physiology related topics.

Four guest speakers are slated every two weeks for the fall term visiting from around the country. This term the department is also having graduate student speakers present during the off weeks. Thurman Lockhart, PhD, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University will be the first guest speaker on Oct. 7th, presenting “Postural Stability and Falls in Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Patients”.

All seminars are free and will take place Fridays at 11 a.m. in McKenzie Hall Room 221.

Human physiology graduate students are required to attend, however the general public is also welcome.

The full schedule is available on our website.