Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
GPHY 5302 Human Physiology: This introductory graduate course provides the student with a basic understanding
of the organ systems of the human body, including the functions, regulation, and interactions.
GPHY 5320 Molecular Cell Physiology: An introduction to the physical and chemical bases of cell physiology. This course
starts with a review of physical chemistry applied to biology and focuses on membrane
phenomena, muscle contraction and molecular aspects of signaling. Lecture material
is supplemented by readings from textbooks, review articles, and original research
papers. Can be taken together with course GPHY 5220.
GPHY 5220 Experiments in Molecular Cell Physiology: A laboratory course coordinated with the topics of course GPHY 5320. The students
will perform experiments that illustrate basic biophysical and physiological concepts,
analyze the results and interpret them. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in GPHY
GPHY 5904 Systems Physiology: Provides the student with a basic understanding of the organ systems of the human
body. Their functions, regulation and interactions are emphasized. Specifically,
the objectives of the course are to describe the mechanisms that underlie the functions
of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and endocrine systems of the
body, and explain how these systems interact to maintain homeostasis of the whole
body. This course is not taken by students in the Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
GPHY 7101 Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics Seminar: Showcases internationally acclaimed researchers and provides the student with the
most current information on a variety of interesting topics in cell physiology, as
well as an introduction to state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation. The seminar
series includes work-in-progress and journal club style presentations from members
of the department including those of students starting with the 3rd year. This seminar series is a requirement and will be taken during the entire duration
of the student’s time in the Ph.D. program.
GPHY 7102 Readings in Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics: This course is designed to complement the Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
Seminar Series and provide a forum for the students to become familiar with some of
the speaker’s publications. The readings course will examine the hypothesis that
was tested, the techniques employed, the most important results obtained, and the
conclusions that were drawn from the study and require that the students further develop
skills in reading, analysis, integration of knowledge and oral presentation of original
science articles and reviews. Before the seminar, students are asked to become familiar
with some of the speaker’s publications. The students take notes during the seminar
and later submit a one-page report on the speaker’s presentation. The report should
include the hypothesis that was tested, the techniques employed, the most important
results obtained, and the conclusions that were drawn from the study. This course
is a requirement and will be taken during the entire duration of the student’s time
in the graduate program.
GPHY 5360 Laboratory Rotations as an Introduction to Modern Physiological Research: This course is designed to introduce the student to state-of-the-art research in
physiology and is usually taken during the summer after the first-year of classes.
Students will learn molecular, cellular and/or whole-animal research techniques,
which will equip them with some of the skills to investigate the physiology of the
human body with a focus on cellular and molecular biology, membrane biophysics, and
membrane transport physiology. The student will work in a specific laboratory, assisting
in ongoing research or conducting a new project. Students sometimes decide to continue
in the same laboratory for their master’s or doctoral project.
GPHY 6305 Advanced Topics in Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics: These courses consist of three research tracks (molecular, cellular, biophysics)
and are designed with (a) appropriate contents for the student’s interests (with a
potential dissertation in mind); (b) emphasis on depth (rather than breadth) of knowledge;
(c) appropriate revisiting and utilization of relevant contents from first-year courses,
at a greater depth; (d) development of skills in reading, analysis, integration of
knowledge and presentation (both oral and written) of scientific problems. The main
activity of the course will be directed reading of original science articles and reviews,
developing critical thinking skills and problem solving processes. May be repeated
for credit with change in content.
GPHY 7000 Research: Students conduct research under the direct supervision of a mentor in selected areas
of interest. It is expected that the student will learn and develop techniques pertinent
to their research area. The student will also read and present literature findings
and their own data to mentor and personnel in their respective laboratory.
GPHY 8000 Doctoral Dissertation: provides the student with advanced research training in a faculty member’s laboratory.
It is taken after a student has successfully passed a “qualifying” examination, which
includes a written grant proposal and an oral exam, and has been admitted to candidacy
for a doctoral degree. Students learn molecular, cellular, and biophysical research
techniques, which will equip them with some of the skills required to investigate
the molecular, cellular and biophysical approaches. The student selects a committee
of faculty members to give advice and then works in a specific laboratory, conducting
his/her own research project. After completing the project, publishing the results
in one or more articles and writing a dissertation, which describes the hypotheses
tested, methods used and results obtained, students present a research seminar to
the faculty of the department and then defend their dissertation before their committee.
Please see handbook for graduate course schedule.
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Bryan Sutton
Graduate Program Advisor
Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics>
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, STOP 6551
Lubbock, Texas 79430-6551
Phone: (806) 743-4058
FAX: (806) 743-1512