Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

A century of anatomy and physiology education and research

The Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology is dedicated to improving human health. The department houses cutting-edge biomedical research programs focused on a variety of diseases/disorders, trains the next generation of health care professionals through innovative educational programs and curricula, and participates in service initiatives that improve the teaching and research environment at Indiana University School of Medicine.

The department has a long history of synthesizing different subdisciplines of the life sciences—including cell and molecular biology, genetics, biophysics and physiology, anatomical structure, histology, neuroscience, and imaging—to solve complex health problems from a basic science perspective.

The educational mission has provided foundational instruction in anatomy and physiology for tens of thousands of practicing physicians, physical therapists, physicians assistants and scientists working in academia, the biotech industry, private medical practice and governmental/nonprofit. The collective expertise of the department’s diverse and collaborative faculty provide for a rich, technically advanced and interactive training experience for medical students and fellows.

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The department offers nationally recognized degree programs and coursework that are tailored for a wide variety of focus areas and training levels.
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Department faculty direct well-funded and collaborative biomedical research laboratories focused on neuroscience, musculoskeletal biology and integrative physiology.
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Department faculty pursue collaborative, translational research programs and lead innovative and unique training programs in anatomy and physiology education.
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31 Indianapolis Faculty
36 Regional Campus Faculty
72 Adjunct Faculty

Research Expertise

Faculty investigators in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology incorporate the broad scope of modern anatomy and physiology approaches in their focus areas of neuroscience, musculoskeletal biology, integrative physiology, and anatomy and physiology education.

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