Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Research Environment-Physiology & Pharmacology

Research programs in the Physiology & Pharmacology discipline are conducted by over 40 independent investigators in the Medical and Dental Schools from several departments including Surgery, Medicine, Endodontics, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Researchers utilize a host of animal and cell culture disease models, and incorporate innovative techniques ranging from analytical methods to measure behavior to designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDS) to two-photon subcellular imaging and optogenetics.

Investigators in the Physiology & Pharmacology Discipline seek to integrate information from molecular, cellular and organ/system levels to spur discoveries, which will lead to new and improved treatment strategies for human disease.

Using sophisticated genetic and molecular tools, our scientists are unraveling the fundamental mechanisms that underlie cellular and systems level function, and how these processes are compromised in injury and disease, with the ultimate goal to better treat human disease.

The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio is renowned for its seminal contributions in many areas including cardiovascular physiology, neurophysiology and the physiological basis of aging. Internationally recognized research expertise is assembled in areas of neuropharmacology, cancer pharmacology, diabetes, addiction and pain research.

Research Themes:

- Physiological Basis of Aging

- Cancer Therapeutics

- Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Pain

- Cardiovascular Physiology

- Neuropharmacology and Mental Health

- Neurophysiology

- Neuroimmunology

- Endocrinology: obesity, diabetes, stress responsivity