Physiology and Biophysics


July 9, 2019

Claudia Moreno and Oscar Vivas join PBIO as newest faculty members

We are delighted to welcome Claudia Moreno and Oscar Vivas back to the department.  Claudia and Oscar are from Colombia, where they did their undergraduate studies.  After earning PhDs at the Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico, they came to our department for postdoctoral work.  Claudia did postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Fernando Santana.  Oscar…

John Tuthill named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

John Tuthill is one of 22 young scientists chosen as a 2019 Pew Scholar.  The program hopes to “answer some of the most pressing questions surrounding human health and disease”.  John’s team focuses on the adaptability of animal’s body sensing and movement ability, using the fruit fly as their model. John has won several other…

June 10, 2019

Sharona Gordon awarded Horace Mann Medal

At the Commencement Ceremony on May 26, 2019, Sharona Gordon, University of Washington School of Medicine Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded Brown University’s Horace Mann Medal. The Horace Mann Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished graduate alumna or alumnus to recognize their significant contributions to their field. With Professor Gordon’s contributions to…

March 5, 2019

Stan Froehner receives UW Medicine Distinguished Endowed Professorship

Stan Froehner, Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, has been appointed the holder of the UW Medicine Distinguished Endowed Professorship. Congratulations Stan!

December 13, 2018

Bertil Hille: An inspirational life in science

Our colleague, Bertil Hille, recently celebrated his 50th year as a faculty member in our department. This story published in The Huddle is a tribute to his many contributions the University of Washington.

October 23, 2018

Andres Barria interviewed by SARJE

Andres was interviewed about his science and his social justice work by Scientists Advocating for Representation, Justice and Equity. See his interview here:

July 23, 2018

PBIO ranks #1 in grant support nationwide

According to the annual survey conducted the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology, our department ranks #1 in total grant support. PBIO faculty won more than $15.1 in grant funds in 2017, almost $5 million higher than the #2 department. We also ranked 2nd in dollars per square foot of research space and 3rd…

June 4, 2018

Sharona Gordon’s work featured in Science magazine

To design programs that meet the career needs of postdoctoral scholars, it is essential to understand what those needs are. Sharona Gordon, professor of Physiology & Biophysics, together with Rebecca Price (UW-Bothell) and Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon (UW SON), recently published their work analyzing how postdoc’s scientific identities influenced their career goals. Their identified two discourses: bench…

January 12, 2018

Eb Fetz featured in The Economist

Eb Fetz was interviewed by The Economist about his work on brain-computer interfaces.  The story was featured in the magazine’s Technology Quarterly.

December 19, 2017

Beth Buffalo receives 2018 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

Beth Buffalo has been selected as one of 4 scientists to win the 2018 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award by the McKnight Foundation.  The funds from this award will be used to study “Neural Dynamics of Memory and Cognition in the Primate Hippocampal Formation.”  The hippocampus is a small area of the brain associated with…

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