Physiology, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Program Description

The study of physiology covers a broad range of investigations under the umbrella of "how living organisms function". The Field of Molecular and Integrative Physiology (MIP) offers a comprehensive program of study and research opportunities emphasizing training in molecular/genomic aspects of cell, organ and whole animal physiology, with an emphasis on physiological genomics. The program of study provides an outstanding foundation in physiological mechanisms at the cellular, tissue, organ and whole animal level, and how these mechanisms interface with molecular and genetic aspects. As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BBS), MIP is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 253-3276

S3-009 Schurman Hall, Box 38
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • behavioral physiology
  • cardiovascular and respiratory physiology
  • endocrinology
  • environmental and comparative physiology
  • gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology
  • membrane and epithelial physiology
  • molecular and cellular physiology
  • neural and sensory physiology
  • physiological genomics
  • reproductive physiology


2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Dec. 1

Requirements Summary:

All applicants must request ETS send official scores on the GRE general test. These scores should be sent to the Cornell University Graduate School, university code 2098. Field information is available on the Web. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL scores.


Molecular and Integratice Physiology is one of five graduate fields associated with the Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program. As an umbrella program, the BBS fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, focusing on the interface between scientific research and clinical practice as well as a commitment to animal and human health. The Graduate Fields associated with the BBS Program share a set of values and expectations in the training of PhD students. Our goal is to maximize the effectiveness of the Fields while maintaining their unique identities and structures. The following graduate fields are members of the BBS Graduate Program:

  • Comparative Biomedical Science
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology & Wildlife Conservation

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