Our faculty are involved in cutting-edge, biomedical research that covers the spectrum from benchtop basic science to bedside clinical research and application to sport and human performance. All our faculty work closely with many undergraduate students who are seeking hands-on research experiences.

We investigate the impact of maternal diet and health on offspring, human adaptation to environmental extremes, the therapeutic effects of heat stress, sport injury prediction and prevention, ways that nutritional intervention can suppress muscles during surgery, age-associated changes in blood vessels, and much more.

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of tenure-track faculty with nationally recognized research awards
Faculty affiliated with the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
Peer-reviewed research articles published in 2021

Faculty Excellence

How our researchers are advancing the science of human physiology

Andrew Lovering

“The human heart is a marvel of biological engineering that keeps us healthy and alive, but it’s not without its imperfections. One third of the population has a little-known, minor heart condition: A tiny hole known as a patent foramen ovale or PFO. Over the last 15 years, I've been studying how this feature influences human physiology in extreme environments. My research occasionally takes me and my subjects to mountaintops or even underwater."

—Andrew Lovering,
professor in Department of Human Physiology

Ashley Walker

“The search for drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease has been fraught with failures. While most drugs developed for Alzheimer’s disease target plaques in the brain, we now realize that other features of the aging brain contribute to the disease. In my lab, I study how unhealthy or damaged blood vessels cause brain diseases. In collaboration with OHSU, my research team uses genetically engineered mice and MRI technology to study the impact of artery stiffness on bloodflow in the brain.”

—Ashley Walker,
assistant professor in the Department of Human Physiology

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Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Work

Studying human physiology creates natural bridges to medicine, engineering, product development and testing, and sport and wellness that give rise to exciting interdisciplinary projects at UO.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Understanding Human Movement

Isaac N. Gomez, Human Physiology doctoral candidate, '22

“What is the difference between thinking about reaching for your coffee mug, and actually doing it? Here, in the Action Control Lab, I use transcranial magnetic stimulation to measure the excitability of the motor output pathway during various task conditions, like reaching, in order to improve our understanding of human movement.”

—Isaac N. Gomez,
Human Physiology, current doctoral candidate

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Recent Publications

Our faculty are actively publishing their work in areas such as the connection between brain waveform shape and Parkinson’s disease, the benefits of amino acid supplements when recovering from knee replacement, and the effects of maternal obesity on newborn offspring.

Recent Publications

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Participate in a Research Study

The department offers many opportunities to volunteer for research studies, most with compensation. Play a part in discovering the next breakthrough in human physiology. 

Participate in a Research Study


September 13, 2022
Cassandra Law is a 1988 graduate of the University of Oregon, former member of the UO women’s track and field team, former coach and player for the women’s UO rugby team, and retired player of the USA Eagles national rugby team.
July 6, 2022
Damien Callahan has long studied how to help older adults bounce back from knee replacement and other orthopedic injuries that can be crippling, even life-threatening. Now, he’s seeking insights from a group that might seem unrelated: elite athletes.
June 23, 2022
The scientist studying astronaut health earned a Silver Snoopy for work with the International Space Station.