We are unraveling ESSENTIAL PROCESSES found in all cells: the mechanisms of ION PERMEATION & CHANNEL GATING.

– Riccardo Olcese Lab

Calcium is crucial for IMMUNE CELL ACTIVATION. We are learning the molecular mechanisms which allow calcium to enter cells.

– Yousang Gwack Lab

We use MOLECULAR IMAGING to track the growth and progression of an OVARIAN CANCER model.

– Lily Wu Lab

We are determining the function of a NOVEL GENE (NTC) associated with HEART FAILURE.

– Grace Xiao Lab

We study the HEART, determining MOLECULAR SIGNALING PATHWAYS within its cells.

– Peipei Ping Lab

We study the structure and mechanisms of assembly of SPECIALIZED JUNCTIONS between NERVE CELLS.

– Guido Zampighi Lab

We use multi-scale COMPUTATIONAL & MATHEMATICAL modeling to study biological functions and diseases affecting METABOLISM, SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION, & CARDIAC ARRHYTMIAS.

– Zhilin Qu Lab

We study the molecular mechanisms underlying the progression of HEART & LUNG DISEASE, and test novel approaches for TREATMENT.

– Mansoureh Eghbali Lab

We study the cellular and molecular basis LEARNING & MEMORY.

– David Glanzman Lab

We've DEVELOPED THE TECHNOLOGY to screen hundreds of cell samples for STRUCTURAL CHANGES that can be used to identify TREATMENTS for diseases such as MALARIA & CANCER.

– Amy Rowat Lab

We do SUPER-RESOLUTION imaging of cell structures. Here is the cytoskeleton of a fixed cell stained with QUANTUM DOTS.

– Shimon Weiss Lab

We are determining the molecular structure of MEMBRANE TRANSPORT PROTEINS that are critical for the basic functioning of a cell.

– Jeff Abramson Lab

We explore relationships between the IMMUNE SYSTEM & SKELETAL MUSCLE that influence muscle growth, regeneration and disease.

– Jim Tidball Lab

Retinol is essential for proper FUNCTION & DEVELOPMENT of human organs. We study molecular mechanisms of RETINOL TRANSPORT into cells.

– Hui Sun Lab

We are deciphering clinical and neurobiological aspects of BRAIN-GUT interactions in HEALTH & DISEASE.

– Emeran Mayer Lab

Student Seminars

  1. October 8, 2013
    Sienmi Du (Voskuhl lab)
    "Sex Chromosome Effects on T-regulatory Cells during EAE"
  2. November 12, 2013
    Lok Leung (Guo lab)
    "X11/Mint Genes Control Polarized Localization of Axonal Membrane Proteins in vivo"
  3. December 10, 2013
    Jim O'Hearn (Wang lab)
    "Identifying Gene Modules and Candidate Genes Involved in Heart Failure Using Multiple Stressors in a Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel"
  4. January 14, 2014
    Helen Vuong (Brecha lab)
    "Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Expressing Amacrine Cells Mediate Dopamine Amacrine Cells"
  5. February 11, 2014
    Liz Fraley (White lab)
    "The Reelin Signaling Pathway and Vocal Communication: A Cross-Species Approach"
  6. March 11, 2014
    Marlin Touma (Wang lab)
    "Neonatal Heart Transcriptome Maturation"
  7. April 8, 2014
    Joana Capote (Spencer lab)
  8. May 13, 2014
    Zhiping Feng (S. Weiss lab)
    "Optical Control of Tumor Initiation from Single Cells in Zebrafish"
  9. June 10, 2014
    Lingxuan Chen (Mody lab)
    "Buoyancy as a Confounding Factor in the Mouse Forced Swimming (Porsolt) Test"
  10. July 8, 2014
    Tongzhou Xu (Travis lab)
  11. August 12, 2014
    Jun Deng (H. Sun lab)
    "Identification of Tropic Factors That Protect the Light Sensors in Vision"
  12. September 9, 2014
    Jonathan Hoffman (J. Weiss lab)

About MCIP

The Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology (MCIP) program is an interdepartmental Ph.D. program that brings together a large group of renowned faculty to educate the next generation of scientists to explore complex biological functions. Our program is currently placed at the top of the National Research Council’s list of Ph.D. programs in Physiology. We provide our students with access to cutting-edge technology and guidance to prepare them for their own independent careers in biomedical and life science research.

News & Announcements

  • MCIP Distinguished Speaker Seminar
    "ATPase and GTPase Tangos
    During Intracellular Protein Targeting"
    MCIP seminar Presented by:
    Shu-ou Shan, Ph.D.
    Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    California Institute of Technology
    Time: April 22, 2014 (Tuesday) ; 3:00-4:00pm
    Address: CHS 13-105
    Contact: Guo Cheng (chengguo@ucla.edu)
  • The MCIP Program was placed at the top of the list of Physiology Ph.D. programs in the United States by the National Research Council (NRC).
  • The recipients of NIH Predoctoral fellowships on the institutional training grant in "Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology" for the 2013-2014 academic year are MCIP students James Engel, Norianne Ingram, Katie Ingraham and Shekib Jami.
  • Debora Stefanova, a first-year MCIP student, was awarded a 2013 Graduate Deans Scholar Award.
  • Doug Chapski, a second-year MCIP student in the laboratory of Dr. Tom Vondriska, has been selected for an NIH predoctoral traineeship on the Vascular Biology Training Grant.
  • Lok Leung, a fifth-year MCIP student in the laboratory of Dr. Ming Guo, has been awarded a Philip Whitcome pre-doctoral fellowship from the Molecular Biology Institute.
  • MCIP student recipients of Chinese Scholarship Council Fellowships for 2013 – 2014 are: Shanxi Jiang, Ying Kong and Le Shu.
  • Vanitra Richardson, a first-year MCIP student, was selected for a 2013 Cota-Robles Fellowship.
  • Helen Vuong, an MCIP student in the laboratory of Dr. Nick Brecha, is a recipient of a NIH Predoctoral fellowship on the institutional training grant in "Vision Research."
  • Sienmi Du, an MCIP student in the laboratory of Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, has received an NIH Pre-doctoral Traineeship in "Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences, and Reproduction."