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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

January 27, 2016

Congrats to HPHY Adjunct Research Assistant Pedro Abdala!

Pedro Abdala, 2014 Human Physiology Graduate and current Adjunct Research Assistant has been awarded a highly competitive award from OHSU and the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI). Pedro will start at OHSU School of Medicine Fall 2016.

SHOI provides eligible students with a unique opportunity to help address healthcare disparity in the state of Oregon. In return, funding recipients agree to practice as a healthcare practitioner in a rural or underserved community in Oregon for a minimum of one year longer than the total years of funding received.

Pedro Abdala graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology and a Minor in Biochemisty. He has been working as the Adjunct Research Assistant under John Halliwill in the Exercise & Environmental Physiology lab since July 2014.

Congratulations Pedro!

More information about the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative can be found here.

January 21, 2016

HPHY Graduate Student Teaching Award

hphy trophy

The department has announced a new GTF Teaching award to recognize excellence in graduate student teaching in the Department of Human Physiology and select one graduate student from our department to be nominated for the graduate school’s Graduate Teaching Excellence Award.

More details regarding eligibility and application information can be found here.

Applications for HPHY Graduate Student Teaching Award are due the Friday of Finals week Winter Term


December 8, 2015

Hello World Champ!

Mattox World Trail Champion

Congratulations to Kimber Mattox on her BIG WIN at the 2015 XTERRA World Championship trail run in Hawaii.

Kimber defended her title at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship crossing the finish line for the 21k in 1:36:44 on a picture-perfect Hawaiian morning along the northeastern shore of Oahu on Sunday December, 6th 2015. More than 1,500 runners from 20 countries and 40 states participated in the event at historic Kualoa Ranch.

Kimber Mattox is a Human Physiology Adjunct Instructor and former University of Oregon All American from Bend, Oregon.

Read the full article from here and race results here


October 19, 2015

2015 HPHY Graduate featured in APS’ Student’s Corner

Recent Human Physiology graduate Mairin Peck provides her perspective as an undergrad through the HPHY program. The article titled “Discovering Human Physiology” was published in the September issue of the American Physiological Society’s journal.

Full article here


September 23, 2015

HPHY Staff selected for Guest Coach Program

Congratulations to Jen Strong who was nominated by the Registrar staff to get a behind the scenes look at this Saturday’s football game vs. Utah.

The Guest Coach Program, a project of Support Services for Student Athletes & Athletics, has been bringing together faculty, staff & athletes together for over 30 years. A unique way to get a different perspective as to what student athletes experience on game day.

Recipients who are selected get to attend a pre-game meal with the team, receive a tour of athletic facilities, attend the team meeting, watch the game from the sidelines, hang out at a special tailgater and also attend the post game press conference and reception.

WOW! Congrats Jen! Look for her on the sidelines this Saturday!

Here is a picture of Guest Coach Strong on the sidelines!
Guest coach Strong & Harrison