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

– Riccardo Olcese 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 study the cellular and molecular basis LEARNING & MEMORY.

– David Glanzman Lab

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

– Guido Zampighi Lab

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

– Yousang Gwack Lab

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

– Peipei Ping Lab

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

– Grace Xiao Lab

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

– Mansoureh Eghbali Lab

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

– Lily Wu Lab

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

– Emeran Mayer Lab

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

– Zhilin Qu Lab

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

– Hui Sun 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 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

Upcoming Events

  1. Coffee Break Seminar Series
    Hosted by the Khakh Lab
    Friday, September 25 (2:30 - 3:30pm) in 53-105 CHS
    click here for more info

Student Seminars

All seminars are held at noon in the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, Room 1100.

  1. October 13th, 2015
    Mehmet Keles (Frye Lab)
    "Neural Correlates of Small Target Detection in Drosophila"
  2. December 8th, 2015
    Shekib Jami (O'Dell Lab)
    "Misaligned feeding impairs memories"
  3. January 12th, 2016
    Norika Liu (Cai Lab)
    "Nitric oxide-dependent vascular protective effects of netrin-1"
  4. February 16th, 2016
    Marmar Vaseghi (Shivkumar Lab)
    "Vagal nerve stimulation and cardiac arrhythmogenesis"
  5. March 8th, 2016
    David Boland (Cooper Lab)
    "The effects of fitness and exercise on cognition in graduate students"
  6. April 12th, 2016
    Brittany Ulrich (Papazian Lab)
  7. May 10th, 2016
    Angelyn Nguyen (Rowat Lab)
    "Investigating mechanical and oxidative stresses in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma"
  8. May 31st, 2016
    Christina Vorvis (Iliopoulos Lab)
    "The regulation of FOXA2 in Pancreatic Ongogenesis"
  9. June 14th, 2016
    Junichi Sugihara (Kaback Lab)
    "Dynamics of sugar/H+ symport proteins of the Major Facilitator Superfamily"
  10. July 12th, 2016
    Ting Zhang (Guo Lab)
    "VCP IBMPFD mutants mediated mitochondrial defects and potential treatments "
  11. August 9th, 2016
    Doug Chapski (Vondriska Lab)
  12. September 13th, 2016
    Norianne Ingram (Fain/Sampath Labs)

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

  • Congratulations Michael Liu for receiving a 2-year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association!
  • Congratulations!!!
    MCIP student and STAR Fellow Marmar Vaseghi, has received the New Innovator Award from the NIH for her project entitled "Cardiac Afferent NEurotransmission and Modulation of Ventricular Parasympathetic Control"
  • MCIP Professor David Walker's work on "gut" bacteria and age related diseases highlighted on the UC newsroom and UC news
  • MCIP Distinguished Professor Reggie Edgerton featured in UCLA newsroom- September 1, 2015
    "Completely paralyzed man voluntarily moves his legs, UCLA scientists report" read more
    and in Los Angeles Times
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year are MCIP students Norianne Ingram, Shuin Park, Pradeep Rajendran and Amanda Lin.
  • The MCIP student recipient of a Chinese Scholarship Council Fellowships for 2014 - 2015 is Iris Wang.
  • Adam Gomez, a first-year MCIP student, was selected for a 2014 Cota-Robles Fellowship.
  • Ivan Flores, a first year MCIP student, has been awarded a Bridges to the Doctorate Scholarship and a 2014 Cota-Robles Fellowship.