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SEPT 25The Department welcomes CMB transfer Ph.D. student Albert Ta who has joined Dr. Ping Wang's lab and INP transfer student Jesse Holt who has joined Dr. Medha Pathak's lab..
SEPT 25The Department welcomes CMB transfer Ph.D. students Adam Wheat who has joined Dr. Lan Huang's lab and Karissa Munoz who has joined Dr. Armando Villalta's lab.
July 1The Department welcomes Geoffrey Abbott, Ph.D. and his lab members to Irvine Hall!
Aug 02Medha Pathak, Ph.D. and Ian Parker, Ph.D. receive pilot funding of $50,000 from the School of Medicine & Ayala School of Biological Sciences! Great work!
Jun 19Physiology & Biophysics Ph.D. Student Ceazar Nave explains how insect research at UCI might lead to a cure for the “social jet lag” caused by staying up late and sleeping in.
Jun 17-18Galina Schmunk from Jay Gargus's lab served as The Gordon Research Seminar on Calcium Signaling organizer chair! The aim of this Gordon Research Seminar is to bring together students, postdocs and junior investigators in the field of calcium signaling to share cutting-edge research and to create opportunities for future collaborations. Great job Galina!
May 31'You are already catalyzing change,' Armando Villalta, Ph.D. tells UC Santa Cruz students at end-of-year celebration for graduating seniors and others in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math
APR 18Autism research news from the Center for Autism Research and Translation - "Mighty element plays major part in autism"
Apr The Department welcomes CMB transfer Ph.D. student Chang Zhao who has joined Dr. Tombola's lab and MCSB Ph.D. student Kerrigan Blake who has joined Dr. Lawson's lab.
FEB 23Armando Villalta, PhD, receives an Institute of Clinical & Translational Science 2017 Pilot Grant Award for work on regulatory T-cell responses in muscle degenerative disorders.
FEB Dr.'s Tombola & Pathak recognized by the Society of General Physiologists with the Cranefield Award who in the preceding calendar year published an outstanding article in the Journal. Pathak, M.M., Tran, T., Hong, L., Joós, B., Morris, C.E., Tombola, F. (2016) The Hv1 proton channel responds to mechanical stimuli. J. Gen. Physiol. 148(5): 405-418.
FEB 02CART Symposium
JAN Jenna Kastenschmidt of the Villalta Lab Wins Award at Asilomar Midwinter Conference


SEPT The Department welcomes new international Ph.D. students Hugo Lin & Laura Mendez!
AUG 1The Department welcomes CMB transfer Ph.D. student Athena Papasodero!
JUL 1The Department welcomes CMB transfer Ph.D. students Ryan Davis, Katrina Evans, Jenna Kastenschmidt, and Ceazar Nave!
JUN 27The Department of Physiology & Biophysics welcomes Milton Greenberg, Ph.D. to Assistant Adjunct Professor/Course Director.
JUN 13A study co-led by UC Irvine’s Rongsheng Jin, professor of physiology & biophysics, reveals Botox’s sweet tooth underlies its key neuron-targeting mechanism.
JUN 07Qin Yang, MD and PhD, is chosen as a Research Associates Award Recipient.
JUN 1The Department of Physiology & Biophysics welcomes Medha Pathak, Ph.D. to Assistant Professor.
JUNE The Department Congratulates Professor Kenneth Longmuir's Excellence in Teaching- Basic Science Award!
MAY 21-25Lisa Baik receives merit award for "CRYPTOCHROME is a Direct Neuronal Ultraviolet Light Sensor" presentation at Society for Research on Biological Rhythms' 2016 conference.
MAY 13Gabriel Vargas, MD and PhD, selected as one of UC Irvine Graduate Division's top 50 graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni honorees.
FEB 24-26Lisa Baik awarded “Best Poster” at the Center for Circadian Biology Symposium: From Cells to Clinic, 2016.


NOV 18Lisa Soyeon Baik has been selected as the 2015-2016 ARCS Scholar.
OCT 16The Department of Physiology & Biophysics welcomes new faculty members for the 2015-2016 year.
JUN 2Chemistry Nobel laureate Dr. Irwin Rose passed away June 2, 2015.
JAN 14Jay Gargus, M.D. turning the corner on autism


JUN 19Rongsheng Jin, Ph.D. and his lab learn how botulism-causing toxin enters bloodstream