Education

Course Offerings

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics offers a wide range of courses serving students in the graduate school, medical school, dental school and the pharmacy school. To ensure that its course offerings are of highest quality and appropriate rigor, the department regularly evaluates all courses and has three standing educational committees.

Short descriptions of the Departmental course offerings can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

In order to obtain an override for a course, you MUST contact the course director (listed for each course below). The administrative staff cannot obtain or process overrides without the course director's approval. Typically, the course director will ask you to attend the first day of class to obtain the override approval. If you have any questions or problems after the approval has been given by the course director, you can contact Christina Kyrus at cikyrus@vcu.edu.

CourseTitleCourse Director
PHIS 206/BIOL 206 Human Physiology

Charles Anderson, Ph.D. (Fall/Spring),
Ramzi Ockaili, Ph.D. (Summer)

PHIZ 206L/BIOL 206L Human Physiology Laboratory Ramzi Ockaili, Ph.D.
PHIS 309 Introductory Quantitative Physiology I TBD
PHIS 310 Introductory Quantitative Physiology II TBD
PHIS 501 Mammalian Physiology Charles Anderson, Ph.D.
DEBS 512 Physiology and Pathophysiology Vijay Lyall, Ph.D.
PHIS 512 Cardiac Function in Health Fadi Salloum, Ph.D.
PHIS 604 Cell Physiology: Cardiovascular and Respiratory

Roland Pittman, Ph.D.

PHIS 606 Molecular Basis for Disease Carlos Escalante, Ph.D.
PHIS 607  Cell Physiology: GI and Endocrine Liya Qiao, Ph.D.
PHIS 612 Cardiovascular Physiology Gea-Ny Tseng, Ph.D.
PHIS 615 Signal Detection in Sensory Systems Vijay Lyall, Ph.D.
PHIS 617 Cellular Signaling S. Murthy Karnam, Ph.D.
PHIS 619 Mitochondrial Pathophysiology and Human Disease James P. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D.
PHIS 620/ PHTX 620 Ion Channels in Membranes I. Scott Ramsey, Ph.D.
PHIS 630-606 Methods in Molecular Biophysics Carlos Escalante, Ph.D.
PHIS 631 Electrophysiology and Photonic Methods TBD
PHIS 650 Critical Thinking in Physiology

Qinglian Liu, Ph.D.
Liya Qiao, Ph.D.

PHIS 689 Physiology Preseminar Highlights

Lei Zhou, Ph.D.

PHIS 690-901 Physiology Research Seminar Lei Zhou, Ph.D.
PHIS 691-003 Physiology and Pharmacology in the Gastrointestinal System

John Grider , Ph.D.
S. Murthy Karnam, Ph.D.
Hamid I. Akbarali, Ph.D.

PHIS 695-001 Research in Progress Lei Zhou, Ph.D,  
I. Scott Ramsey, Ph.D.
PHIS 697 Directed Research in Physiology

Roland Pittman, Ph.D.

MEDI 117 Physiology Clive Baumgarten, Ph.D.