Physiology and Biophysics

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…

January 15, 2021

Loring B. Rowell, Ph. D. 1930 – 2020

Loring (Larry) B Rowell, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, died at home in Seattle, Washington, on December 19, 2020, after developing cardiac and renal failure.  Born on January 27, 1930, in Lynn, Massachusetts, Larry retired in 1997 after a long scientific career.  In addition to more than 100…

November 16, 2020

Claudia Moreno awarded a 2020 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty

November 5, 2020

John Tuthill named to 2020 class of NYSCF – Robertson Investigators

John Tuthill, PhD, assistant professor in Physiology and Biophysics, was named in the 2020 class of NYSCF – Robertson Investigators by the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF). The NYSCF Investigator Program fosters and encourages promising early career scientists whose cutting-edge research holds the potential to accelerate treatments and cures.  Tuthill’s research focuses on proprioception, or the sense…

Bridges across borders

Two PBIO faculty members, John Tuthill and Adrienne Fairhall, are new recipients of Collaborative Research Mobility awards, co-sponsored by UW and the University of British Columbia (UBC). The aim of the awards is to stimulate collaborative research with our neighbors across the border in Canada. Dr Fairhall’s award sponsors joint retreats between the UW Computational…

October 28, 2020

Stan Froehner steps down as Chair of Physiology & Biophysics

After 20 years in the position, Stan stepped down as PBio Chair on June 30, 2020.  During his tenure, the department hired 10 tenure track faculty and numerous research faculty.  Of those considered for promotion, all eligible faculty were promoted with tenure and many are now full professors.  Stan increased the representation of women and…

September 16, 2020

Claudia Moreno named one of 100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America

August 18, 2020

Adrienne Fairhall awarded NSF grant through the AccelNet Program (Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations)

This grant will link some of the top academic centers in the world working on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to identify new approaches to understanding cognitive function. This grant also has a special focus on students and funds will enable the development of a trainee cohort with expertise in sophisticated data analysis methods. University…

July 23, 2020

Sweta Agrawal, postdoctoral trainee in John Tuthill’s lab, awarded a K99/R00 award from the NINDS

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