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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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August 15, 2018

Summer News Blast

There is never a dull moment in Human Physiology. Summertime is no exception!

Check out these hardworking students and their outstanding accomplishments this Summer…

Cameron Colbert: VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship recipient for work on project: Hemodynamics of Post-Exercise and Post-Passive Heat Stress Recovery

Elise Kronquist: VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship recipient for work on project: Examining the Impact of Pyridoxamine on Oxidative Stress in the Middle Cerebral Artery in a Mouse Model

Chaucie Edwards: O-Day Undergraduate Fellowship recipient for work on project: Effect of Histamine on Post-Exercise Capillary Permeability

Matthew Ely: O-Day Graduate Fellowship recipient for work on project: Effect of Histamine on Post-Exercise Capillary Permeability

Kieley Trempy: O-Day Undergraduate Fellowship recipient for work on project: The Role of Handedness in Visuoproprioceptive Tasks

Kate Spitzley: O-Day Graduate Fellowship recipient for work on project: The Role of Handedness in Visuoproprioceptive Tasks

Anna TassiaGilman Scholarship recipient for study abroad travel to Italy in Fall term

Katie Rainsberger: All-Academic Honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

Evan Day: Best Podium Presentation at the Northwest Biomechanics Symposium for Modulation of Non-Linear Stiffness in the Foot-Shoe Complex Across Running Speeds

Seth Donahue: Finalist in the Doctoral Student Competition at the American Society of Biomechanics Conference for Estimating Gait Events and Locomotion State with a Beta-Process Vector Auto Regressive Hidden Markov Model

CONGRATS to all these students, keep up the great work!



June 15, 2018

HPHY Noteworthy News


Graduation is coming! The Human Physiology graduation ceremony is taking place on Monday June 18th, 2018 at 12:30 pm behind the Knight Law School on the East lawn. It’s gonna be warm, be sure to bring water & some sunscreen to cheer on the graduates.




Hats off also to 2 faculty members that have been promoted. Dr. Anita Christie was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Andy Lovering was promoted to Full Professor. CONGRATULATIONS!! Check out the announcement to see the full list of all promotions




Dr. Damien Callahan chimes in on the tough question  “Does More Muscle Mass Burn More Calories?”





Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Walker as one of the first recipients of the UO-OHSU seed funding for this new collaboration.


May 23, 2018

3 HPHY students selected as 25 Ducks awardees

Every year the University of Oregon Alumni Center and the Emerald Media Group selects 25 outstanding students that represent impressive leadership, innovation and passion.

These 25 Ducks represent a variety of backgrounds, but all stand out for their enthusiasm, ambition and passion.

We are proud that 3 Human Physiology Undergraduates were bestowed this honor. Congratulations!


May 14, 2018

Philip Matern wins Thomas F. Herman Award

Congratulations to Philip Matern, Human Physiology Instructor, for this Distinguished Teaching Award! The Thomas F Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education is a new award starting in 2017. Philip is only the 2nd recipient of this award for faculty members who have demonstrated innovation and creativity in implementing excellent learning experiences using the online or hybrid format.

University President Michael Schill along with Provost and Senior Vice President Jayanth Banavar presented the award to Philip while surrounded with family and friends.








April 9, 2018

New HPHY Faculty, Nicki Swann, Tackles the Conference and Motherhood

In an eye-opening article, Dr. Nicki Swann talks openly about her experiences and struggles with traveling to professional scientific conferences after becoming a new Mom.

Dr. Swann’s collaboration with 46 other working mothers and scientists resulted in this essay that was published to the National Academy of Sciences in March 2018.