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Human Physiology 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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June 12, 2021

Congratulations HPHY graduates!

Check out our commencement information page for the 2021 HPHY graduation program and a video message from the HPHY department!

Congratulations on your achievements, and we hope you have a wonderful day celebrating your time here at Oregon!



April 20, 2021

Commencement Info

Congratulations graduates!

Head over to the official commencement site for all information about the 2021 Commencement ceremony being held on June 12th, 2021.

In-person activities were recently added to commencement ceremonies, read more about those options here: 



April 15, 2021

Latest Faculty Awards and News

Pictured: Dr. Adrianne Huxtable

Congratulations to HPHY Associate Professor Dr. Adrianne Huxtable on receiving the distinguished Faculty Excellence Award

The recipients of the Fund for Faculty Excellence not only achieve a high level of scholarship and contributions to their field but are key participants in developing and defining the academic mission of the university through service and daily work. Read more about Dr. Huxtable’s award from the Office of the Provost.


Dr. Huxtable’s newest study was featured in this Around the O article detailing her work of the effects of opioid use during pregnancy.


Picture: Dr. Carrie McCurdy headshotCongratulations also in order for Dr. Carrie McCurdy who received seed funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation to pursue interdisciplinary research projects. The Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards, known as I3 awards, will provide up to $50,000.

Carrie McCurdy, human physiology, William Cresko, biology, and Emily Beck, data science, “Understanding the effects of maternal high fat diet on egg quality and offspring health using an outbred fish model.”

Pictured: Nicole Swann headshotDr. Nicki Swann’s research in EEG data was recently highlighted in the Oregon Quarterly, the official magazine of the University of Oregon in an in depth article about the University’s newest major Neuroscience.

Oregon Quarterly Article (opens pdf)

Neuroscience feature in Around the O


February 9, 2021

HPHY Postdoc Scholar Wins NASA Award

Abby Cullen with Nasa logo

Abby Cullen, HPHY Postdoc scholar in Dr. Andy Lovering’s lab, was recently awarded the NASA Human Research Program Grant Augmentation Competition Award. The award was announced on February 4th during the annual Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop titled Breaking Boundaries: Advancing Human Spaceflight Research Through Innovation and Collaboration.


Abby’s proposed work: Mechanical and gravitational countermeasures to ocular changes during strict head-down tilt bedrest will allow her to work with sleep data from the International Space Station missions and will also include conducting sleep studies in Germany.

Congratulations, Abby!

February 3, 2021

HPHY Alumni Makes History

Sara GoodrumHuman Physiology graduate Sara Goodrum (UO Alumni ’15) is helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling in Major League Baseball by being promoted to Minor League hitting coordinator, the first woman to hold the title in MLB history.

Read more of Sara’s journey from UO Softball player, HPHY Undergraduate and Bowerman Sports Science Clinic research assistant to making history with the Milwaukee Brewers francise:

Former Oregon Ducks softball player Sara Goodrum, left, was promoted to minor league hitting coordinator by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.