Physiology and Biophysics

June 27, 2017

John Tuthill named Searle Scholar

John Tuthill, assistant professor of Physiology & Biophysics, is one of 15 early career scientists to be named a 2017 Searle Scholar. The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.  Congratulations, John! The last University of Washington faculty…

May 9, 2017

Eberhard Fetz and Stavros Zanos awarded $1.3M DARPA grant on vagus nerve stimulation and neuroplasticity

Eberhard Fetz and Stavros Zanos were awarded $1.3 million from DARPA for their work related to DARPA’s “Targeted Neuroplasticity Training” program. The goal of their research is to elucidate the mechanisms through which vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) alters brain function and to leverage VNS to enhance targeted cortical plasticity and augment cognitive performance in nonhuman…

March 31, 2017

John Tuthill awarded Sloan Fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today, Feb. 21, that UW Medicine neuroscience researcher John Tuthill is among three faculty members at the University of Washington who have been awarded early-career Sloan Fellowships. Tuthill is an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at the UW School of Medicine. More at

February 22, 2017

HSNewsBeat: “A closer look at the eye’s sharp vision spot”

The UW and Howard Hughes Medical Center research team recently made the first direct comparisons of the physiological properties of foveal and peripheral retinal neurons and the first correlation between structure and function in the fovea.  The project was conducted in the laboratories of Fred Rieke in the UW Department of Physiology and Biophysics and…

October 14, 2016

Robert Steiner receives OHSU 2016 Jones Distinguished Alumnus Scientist Award

Robert Steiner has been recognized by the Oregon Health & Science with the 2016 Richard T. Jones Distinguished Alumnus Scientist Award. This award honors an alumnus/a from the OHSU School of Medicine’s Masters or Doctorate of Philosophy Degree programs who displays continued research excellence, service to the scientific community and contributions to basic science education….

August 2, 2016

Beth Buffalo elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

Beth Buffalo has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.  The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington.  This year, seven UW faculty were elected to the WSAS. Beth joins…

Chip Asbury, Adrienne Fairhall and Beth Buffalo promoted to Professor

Three of our PBIO colleagues, Chip Asbury, Adrienne Fairhall and Beth Buffalo have been promoted to full professor, effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations, Chip, Adrienne and Beth!

June 23, 2016

UW-led team awarded $1M bioelectronics innovation prize

Chet Moritz and Greg Horwitz are part of an international team awarded $1 million for their work on a wireless implantable device that can control nerve activity. For the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge, the team is working on an implantable device that could help restore bladder function for people with spinal cord injuries or millions of others…

June 8, 2016

Calcium channels team up to activate excitable cells–cct051816.php

April 13, 2016

John Tuthill joins PBIO as our newest faculty member

John Tuthill, PhD, joined the department earlier this year as a tenure track assistant professor.  John studied biology and anthropology at Swarthmore and after working as a technician at the University of Montana and Universidad de Buenos Aires, he entered the Janelia Farm/University of Chicago graduate program.  There, he studied motion perception in Drosophila. After…

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