Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our Physiology and Functional Genomics program!  The University of Florida College of Medicine, in conjunction with the UF Heath Hospital System, is a major driver of biomedical research and medical education.  As part of this, the Department of Physiology & Functional Genomics offers programs leading Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, as well as graduate certificates. Many physiologists work in colleges or universities, where they teach undergraduate, graduate, or medical students. They also guide doctoral (Ph.D.) students who will become the teachers and investigators of the future. Some do applied research in industry. In large pharmaceutical companies, physiologists play important roles in drug discovery and the development of new disease treatments. Government laboratories, hospitals, and other clinical settings also provide opportunities to focus on research.

In addition, many physiologists use their knowledge and expertise to work in full-time educational jobs or as consultants. Salaries range from good to excellent, but benefits often include more than money. For instance, professors may enjoy a high degree of job security with regular opportunities for study and research at other locations throughout the world. The need to discuss research with other scientists means that travel to meetings in the U.S. and overseas is a regular part of a physiologist’s activities. Physiologists who study unusual species or the effects of environmental extremes may travel to the deserts or poles of the earth or may even journey into space. For these and other reasons, exciting and rewarding opportunities are always available for physiologists.

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in the Physiology & Functional Genomics Concentration

This program involves graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree are offered through the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.  The basic goals in research training are to develop skills in hypothesis development, experimental design to test hypotheses, technical execution, data analysis, and data interpretation. The faculty have expertise in a variety of biomedical disciplines, including cell & molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, immunology and various ‘omic’ platforms.  Collectively, these disciplines bring together unique strengths that provide students with innovative and diverse training.

M.S. in Physiology & Pharmacology

This M.S. degree program will provide an understanding of physiology and pharmacology with emphasis on the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, renal, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, and musculoskeletal systems. This program is designed to allow the learner to master basic human physiology and pharmacology (at the level traditionally taught to medical students), with assignments that reinforce the concepts and quantitative aspects of these fields.  This degree is entirely online, with asynchronous courses and no required campus visits.

M.S. in Medical Sciences

This program involves graduate studies leading to an interdisciplinary M.S. degree in Medical Sciences are offered through the Masters Degree Programs at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

M.S. in Medical Physiology and Aging

This program is designed for aspiring or current professionals who want to broaden their knowledge in the field of aging. The program covers a wide range of topics including, physiology and pathophysiology related to aging, biological, clinical, psychological, sociological and ethical aspects of medical physiology and aging and how to effectively provide support and services to older adults.

M.S. in Gerontology

This program is ideal for current and aspiring professionals in the field of gerontology and geriatric care. This 36-credit-hour, non-thesis program will impart the skills, knowledge and experience students need to advance their careers and help aging populations transition from one stage of life to the next.

Graduate Certificate in Medical Physiology

The two certificate programs include online graduate studies leading to a Graduate Certificate in Medical Physiology or a Graduate Certificate in Medical Physiology with a specialization in Cardiovascular/Renal Physiology at the University of Florida.  The two options provide students with distinguished pathways that empower them to personalize their education to meet their professional goals.  These graduate certificates are entirely online with asynchronous courses and there are no required campus visits.

Graduate Certificate in Aging and Geriatric Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Aging and Geriatric Practice is a 15-credit-hour program that provides the foundational knowledge of geriatric medicine students need to advance their careers in the field of aging.


Department Chair: Karyn Esser, Ph.D. (  

Graduate Coordinator: Andrew C. Liu, Ph.D. (

Graduate Coordinator: Shinichi Someya, Ph.D. (

Graduate Admin: Robyn Edwards (

Graduate Admin: Taylor Greene (