Department of Physiology


The Department of Physiology offers courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the functions of human organs and organ systems, as well as a sound basis for comprehending the adaptations and functional transitions that occur in disease. Mastery of physiologic concepts and problem-based learning are emphasized to provide a foundation that is conducive to the development of diagnostic skills. In addition to conventional didactic instruction, small group clinical case discussion sessions and workshops are used to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and application of physiologic concepts and principles to clinically relevant problems.


As faculty in the Department of Physiology at MWU, Glendale, we have the dual mission of providing exceptional physiology education and conducting high quality scientific research. We teach courses in human and veterinary physiology for students enrolled in several healthcare degree programs that are offered at MWU. Outside the classroom our diverse faculty research interests allow students in healthcare professions a valuable opportunity to engage in independent research activities that are relevant to physiological health and disease. We are committed to the highest standards of academic excellence in physiology instruction and scientific research to meet the educational needs of the healthcare community.


Faculty in the Department of Physiology teach for several healthcare degree programs, including Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nurse Anesthesia, Dentistry, Optometry, Biomedical Science and Veterinary Medicine. Four distinct physiology course sequences and an additional systems-based integrated course have been developed for these programs. Medical Physiology I and II provides a strong physiological foundation for the DO (AZCOM) and Podiatry (AZPOD) programs and includes a survey of organ system function and dysfunction in health and disease, with specific clinical applications. Pharmacy Physiology I and II serves students in the College of Pharmacy (CPG) and provides the physiological foundation that is required for pharmacy practice. The College of Health Sciences (CHS) is served by a two-quarter course sequence that provides a strong foundation in physiology with clinical applications for the PA, PT, NA, MBS and MA programs. Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) take a three-quarter course sequence in physiology that has a strong focus on clinical applications and cases. The Dentistry and Optometry programs use an integrated systems-based curriculum in which physiology is taught along with other basic science disciplines.

Physiology faculty also mentor students seeking graduate degrees in the Biomedical Sciences MBS program, and mentor DO and Veterinary Medicine students who engage in university-funded summer research electives.

Physiology Department Courses

  • PHYSG 1501: Pharmacy Physiology I (3.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1502: Pharmacy Physiology II (3.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1571 - 1575: Human Physiology I (MA, MBS, NA, PT, and PA programs, 4.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1582 - 1586: Human Physiology II (MA, MBS, NA, PT, and PA programs, 4.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1521 and 1523: Medical Physiology I (DO and POD programs, 5.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1532 and 1534: Medical Physiology II (DO and POD programs, 4.5 credits)
  • PHYSG 1512: Veterinary Physiology I (3.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1522: Veterinary Physiology II (2.0 credits)
  • PHYSG 1533: Veterinary Physiology III (4.0 credits)
  • BASIG 1504/1513 - 1508/1517: Integrated courses for Dentistry and Optometry
Faculty Research Interests
Layla Al-Nakkash, PhD, Professor and Department Chair Genistein and intestinal/vascular function
Tom Broderick, PhD, Professor Diabetes and exercise
Seungyong Lee, Ph.D., M.S, PhD, Assistant Professor
Christopher Olson, PhD, Assistant Professor Vocal learning in songbirds
Michael Quinlan, PhD, Associate Professor Arthropod water relations
Ann Revill, PhD, Assistant Professor Neuromodulation of breathing
Tobias Riede, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor Neurophysiology of vocal control
Johana Vallejo-Elias, PhD, Professor Caveolins and insulin signalling


  • Janice Hawthorne, Administrative Coordinator
  • Tatum Banayat, Research Assistant
  • Charles Schaefer, Research Assistant
  • Ross Potter, PhD, Laboratory Manager

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Contact Information

Department of Physiology
Midwestern University
Agave Hall, Room 217
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ, 85308
Phone: 623-572-3662
Fax: 623-572-3673


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