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Department of Physiology

Physiologists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine integrate molecular, cellular and systems biology to discover how life works. Our department has especially strong traditions in cardiovascular-renal biology, neuroscience and reproductive biology.

Our graduate students, post- doctoral fellows and faculty are working to unravel mysteries in signaling in heart and vascular smooth muscle, muscle contraction, cancer metastasis, hormone action, learning and memory, salt and water balance, and synaptic transmission.

We are helping to uncover the causes and mechanisms of human disease, including Alzheimer's, cancer, heart failure, hypertension, muscular dystrophy, and depression. We invite you to join us and make exploration and discovery your life's work.

An 'Astronomical' Gift: Blausteins Donate 1609 Kepler Book to HS/HSL

Blausteins donate 1609 Kepler Book to HS/HSL

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Tom Blanpied's Lab - The Trans-Synaptic Nanocolumn

Paul Welling Talks About Why We Evolved To Crave Salt, And Why That’s Now Unhealthy.

New Understanding of the Causes and Treatment of Depression

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Department of Physiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
655 West Baltimore Street, Room 5-007
Baltimore, M.D. 21201
Phone: 410-706-3652
Fax: 410-706-8341

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Department Chair

Scott Thompson

Scott Thomspon, PhD


  • Paul Welling, MD, a professor of physiology at the UM School of Medicine, has been named the 2017 Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lecturer of the American Physiological Society.
  • Dr. Scott Thompson was interviewed on The Prism, a radio show devoted to current science topics, discussing work from his laboratory concerning the biological basis of depression.