Physiology and Biophysics


October 6, 2021

Professor Miriam Goodman Receives the 2021 Sharona Gordon Award

Congratulations to Dr. Miriam Goodman, 2021 recipient of the Sharona Gordon Award from the Society of General Physiologists.

September 13, 2021

Rainier Scholars inaugural collaboration with UW labs

The departments of PBIO, Biological Structure, and Pharmacology were thrilled to partner with Rainier Scholars to host 11 high school students in our laboratories this summer. This program, led by Claudia Moreno and Fred Rieke, provided opportunities for these students to receive hands-on experience in biomedical research. The students were incredible, and it was wonderful…

May 27, 2021

Oscar Vivas, Research Assistant Professor, receives MIRA award from National Institutes of Health

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has recognized Dr. Vivas as one of the nation’s highly talented and promising investigators to receive a 2021 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA). The award will provide five years of significant funding for Dr. Vivas’ laboratory’s research. The goals of the MIRA program are to provide investigators…

May 12, 2021

Sweta Agrawal, a post-doc in the Tuthill Lab, was recently selected for the Leading Edge Program

April 30, 2021

New Allen/UW postdoctoral fellowship program

We are glad to announce a new joint postdoctoral fellowship program co-hosted by the Allen Institute and UW partners, the Computational Neuroscience Center and the eScience Institute. The Shanahan Family Foundation has provided support for these fellowships, which aim to bring graduates with training in quantitative disciplines into neuroscience, and to immerse them in exploration…

April 5, 2021

Diana de la Cruz selected as a Weill Neurohub Fellow

Dr. de la Cruz works in the laboratory of Oscar Vivas, at UW. Her research aims to identify the molecular mechanisms behind the age-associated hyperexcitability of post-ganglionic neurons, and to evaluate whether a treatment that is known to increase lifespan and healthspan in mice, dogs, and primates can reverse the age-related alterations of post-ganglionic sympathetic…

March 22, 2021

Oscar Vivas receives inaugural Sagol Network GerOmic Award for Junior Faculty

New AFAR grant award advances aging research through systems biology Full press release here: Given the biological complexity and heterogeneity of the aging process, the emerging field of GerOmics research—which utilizes Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Systems Research, and Tech to study the biology of aging—can play an important role in providing important insights into…

March 11, 2021

PBIO Postdoc Sweta Agrawal featured in the NINDS podcast, Building Up the Nerve

PBIO Postdoc Sweta Agrawal was recently featured in the NINDS podcast, Building Up the Nerve (she’s a Neuroscientist), where she talks about her approach to getting NIH funding. Sweta was recently awarded a K99, so clearly she knows what she’s doing!

March 8, 2021

Meet Beth Buffalo, PhD, the New Chair of Physiology and Biophysics

Beth Buffalo’s path to a doctorate in neuroscience, even as she ticked off other boxes to become a philosophy professor, was foreshadowed in high school by a science fair experiment in her basement. Buffalo’s precocious experiment involved her hypothesis about a chemical’s effects on aggression, guidance from the University of Arkansas Medical School and 20…

January 19, 2021

Early Stage Investigator Award for Alec Smith

Money matters at every career stage of course, but Early Stage Alec is now an Instructor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the muscle research community he joined is growing and galvanizing, buoyed in just the last twelve months by two major grants. One grant gave rise to the Center for Translational Muscle Research…

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