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Welcome to the Department of Human Physiology

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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August 13, 2021

We’re Hiring!

Lab Manager

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position as a laboratory manager in the Respiratory Neurophysiology and Plasticity Research Laboratory (aka Huxtable Lab). Candidates should have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, be a good communicator, develop and implement organizational and other policies to facilitate lab functioning, have scientific curiosity and a desire to learn. It is ideal for candidates to have experience with basic molecular and cellular biology techniques, basic physiology, and animal handling.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree in an appropriate field of science, engineering or technology.

Preferred Qualifications: Master of Science degree. Experience with animals, electrophysiology, and/or laboratory management is a bonus.

To apply, please submit your application through Human Physiology’s Pro Tem Research Assistant/Associate Pool and address your cover letter to Dr. Huxtable.

Department Accounting Technician

This is a full-time, classified Accounting Technician position in the Department of Human Physiology within the College of Arts and Sciences. The position reports to the Human Physiology Department Manager. The primary functions of this position are to process accounts payable, travel reimbursements, account reconciliations and all aspects of financial record keeping for both state indexes and grant funds. The position will also work on special projects, especially as related to coordinating the department seminar series, grant record keeping, scheduling, and assisting the graduate and undergraduate students of the department.

Link below for full details with job description and how to apply:

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!