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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

May 16, 2017

HPHY Graduate Students Showcase Their Research at Grad Forum

These Human Physiology graduate students participated in a one-day conference hosted annually by the UO’s Graduate School. More than 100 graduate students representing more than 30 disciplines participated.


The Graduate Forum provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research in a public forum.


(Pictured from Left to Right)

Teresa Chen: “Effects of Lower Extremity Muscle Fatigue on Dual-Task Obstacle-Crossing”

Evan Day: “The Load-Displacement Relationship of the Metatarsophalangeal Joint During Running”

JJ Hannigan: “Does Hip Abductor Fatigue Affect Running Mechanics”

Austin Hocker: “IL-1R Activation Undermines Respiratory Plasticity”

Will Pitt: “Dual-Task Gait Stability Assessment Utilizing a Wearable Motion Analysis Sensor System”


May 9, 2017

BSSC Director closely predicts Nike’s attempt at “Breaking 2”

Dr. Mike Hahn PhD., Director of the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic and Human Physiology Associate Professor closely predicted the new attempt at a record for a sub 2 hour marathon for Nike Athletes within 5 seconds!

In an article published by Reuters both Dr. Hahn and graduate student, Evan Day provided their expert knowledge about the attempt this past weekend in Italy.

More details about Nike’s Breaking 2 project can be found on their website.

April 7, 2017

Singer Professor Chris Minson glides right into Guest Column for The Oregonian

Dr. Chris Minson is a Singer Endowed Professor in the Human Physiology Department whose original article from The Conversation, an online news source for the academic and research community, was picked up by The Oregonian Newspaper and featured on their Oregon Live website as a Guest Columnist.

Check out his observations related to aging and athleticism here.

The original The Conversation article can also be found here. 



March 30, 2017

2017 HPHY Commencement Information

The Human Physiology Department commencement ceremony will be on Monday, June 19th at 12:30 pm. The location is the east lawn behind the Knight Law School rain or shine, which is located on the corner of Agate and 15th Streets. Enter the site from 15th street. No tickets are required for the HPHY ceremony and no limit on guests. It will last about 1-1/2 hours. Graduates should arrive for check-in by noon, dressed in graduation cap and gown. Look for the check-in table to pick up your grad registration card. This is a non-catered event. Have a snack beforehand and bring your water bottle!

We will have professional photographers, Grad Images, taking photos before and after students cross the stage. Graduates will have an opportunity to order photos online shortly after graduation. Grad Images will email proofs to the email address you provide on the registration card.

The deadline for graduate students to apply for graduation is April 14th. Students apply to graduate on the Graduate School web site. 

The deadline for undergraduates to apply to graduate for spring term is April 30th.  Applications are submitted on DuckWeb. Students graduating summer or fall term can still participate in commencement, but should schedule a grad check appointment with our adviser Jen Strong to make sure they’re on track. Call 541-346-4107 to schedule an appointment.

The all-University ceremony will be in the Matt Knight Arena, on the morning of June 19th. Graduates may participate in both ceremonies if they choose. On April 1 registration will open for students to reserve guest tickets for Matt Knight Arena. At 9 am there will be a Duck Grad Parade to the arena, and the ceremony is from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Check the University commencement web site for complete information:

This site has lots of campus and parking information, plus all the campus commencement activities.

March 28, 2017

2017 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Jacqi King who has been selected as the recipient of the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. This award was established to recognize the outstanding teaching performance of experienced GEs who also excel in their academic degree program. Congrats!