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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…)

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May 16, 2016

Faculty member Jon Runyeon awarded Distinguished Teaching Award

Runyeon family

Jon Runyoen with wife Alissa and son Jack

Congratulations to Human Physiology Instructor Jon Runyeon on winning the Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy.

The Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognizes faculty members early in their careers who have demonstrated exceptional abilities to induce students to reason and who have expertise in a particular area of teaching.

Distinguished Teaching Award presentation and Reception


The Human Physiology department has no shortage of award winners within the department. Other awards of distinction include The Williams Fellowship 2015, Dr. John Halliwill; Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award 2008, Susan Verscheure;  Fund for Faculty Excellence, 2013 Andy Lovering, 2009 Li-Shan Chou, 2008 John Halliwill, 2007 Chris Minson.


May 10, 2016

New Allen Price Science Commons and Research Library taking shape

Take a sneak peak with Margaret Bean, Head of the University of Oregon’s Science Libraries. The new space will feature some exciting new upgrades such as a new maker space with 3D printers, a visualization lab and group study rooms. A new study room for Human Physiology students is already available in the remodeled space of the existing library.

The $16.75 Million dollar project is expected to be completed by Fall 2016.

May 4, 2016

HPHY Announces Inaugural Graduate Teaching Award Winner

HPHY is excited to announce its inaugural Graduate Teaching Award winner – Austin Hocker.

Austin HockerA rigorous rubric was used to evaluate the applications, and Austin rose to the top specifically due to the incredible investment he has made regarding professional development as an educator in the five years he has been at the University of Oregon. For example, Austin completed an online course titled “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Education”, lead a workshop in 2015 for the NW Biology Instructors Organization titled “Identifying Core Teaching Values: Aligning philosophy and pedagogy”, contributed to a discipline-based education research project recently accepted for publication in Advances in Physiology Education, and participated in numerous Teaching Effectiveness Program and Science Literacy Program workshops and journal clubs. He is currently working towards his Graduate Teaching Initiative certificate through the Teaching Effectiveness Program. Austin joined the Department of Human Physiology in 2011 to begin a Master’s degree researching muscle physiology and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Adrianne Huxtable investigating the neural control of breathing. Since arriving at UO he has taught in six different classes, and has been the lead instructor for both HPHY 211 Medical Terminology, and HPHY 322 Human Physiology I. Austin is known for his commitment to excellence, professionalism, desire to learn, intellectual ability and willingness to question the status quo. He is an exceptional student, colleague and teacher and we are thrilled to recognize his efforts through this Graduate Teaching Award.

More information about the Graduate Teaching Award can be found here


April 26, 2016

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic to get new home

hayward_field_1_800_pxThe University of Oregon’s iconic Hayward field will see a major renovation starting Fall 2016. One of the Human Physiology departments core facilities is located in the Bowerman building adjacent to Hayward field and is slated for demolition. The Bowerman Sports Science Clinic will move to the new west grandstand upon completion which will double it’s current research space and provide direct access to an indoor training facility.

The completed project will be named Hayward Field at the Bowerman Track and Field Complex and is expected to be complete by Fall 2017.

UO Foundation: Hayward Field Renovation

Around the O article

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic Website

April 15, 2016

Dr. Halliwill study published and featured in Around the O

john-halliwill-2016Dr. John Halliwill, Human Physiology Professor and Director of the Exercise & Environmental Physiology Lab has recently been published in the Journal of Physiology. The abstract lead by Doctoral Student Steven Romero is titled: “Evidence of a broad histamine footprint on the human exercise transcriptome”.

A full feature interview can be found here: Around the O article