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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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June 18, 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 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.

June 15, 2017

HPHY Graduate is First Stamps Scholar

On Monday, June 19th, 2017 the Human Physiology department will celebrate their graduating class of 224 Undergraduates, along with 5 Master’s and 5 PhD candidates. Among the Undergraduates will be Alex Chang, one of the first recipients of the Stamps Scholarship.



This prestigious scholarship program started at the UO in 2013, made possible by the Stamps Family Foundation. Alex graduates with a degree in Human Physiology with a minor in Biology and Chemistry. Congratulations to Alex and all our graduates.



June 9, 2017

HPHY PhD student Brett Ely grabs multiple awards and even WON a 5K!!

Denver Colorado was the majestic backdrop to the annual American College of Sports Medicine’s conference for 2017, however there was one shining star among them.

Human Physiology PhD candidate Brett Ely came away with these great accomplishments.

  • Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award
  • ACSM Northwest President’s Cup Travel Award
  • Environmental and Occupational Physiology Interest Group PhD Research
  • Center for Research and Education in Special Environments Doctoral Research Award

To top it all off she won the 2017 Carl Gisolfi Memorial ACSM 5K in the women’s division.




June 1, 2017

Meet ’81 Graduate & Member of the US National Women’s Hall of Fame

Ann Bancroft, 1981 College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Graduate (Now Human Physiology), reached the North Pole after a 56-day expedition, led the first all-women’s expedition to the South Pole and skied across Antarctica.

Read more about this phenomenal and legendary explorer in this AroundtheO article.

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”