Physiology is the study of how the different parts and components of our bodies come about and come together to work in harmony.Physiology thus contains studies in a continuum of mechanisms that enable life, from molecules through to the whole living systems.

Physiology has many levels and gradations of activity in place, where modified responses may kick-in when needed and no part works in isolation. In the post-genomic (after the gene was discovered) and post-proteomic (the study of proteins) era the different, newly discovered pieces have to be put into their appropriate context, in the dynamic jigsaw physiological puzzle. The subject of physiology is intimately entwined with the working of our body and is as current and exciting today as it was in the times of Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC).The Nobel Prize awarded in Medicine and Physiology highlights the direct and important link between the two.

Within the Section of Physiology we study:

1. Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience, prof Bryndis Birnir’s laboratory.

2. Motion Vision, docent Karin Nordström’s laboratory.

3. Gastro-Intestinal Physiology, prof Olle Nylander’s and docent Markus Sjöblom’s laboratory.

4. Neuro- Endocrine Control of Behaviour, prof Svante Winberg’s laboratory



Recent theses

Kenney Roodakker, Neurology, 30 November 2018, at 1 pm

Cathrine Axfors, Psychiatry, 14 December 2018 at 1 pm

Do you want to research at the Department of Neuroscience?

Our groups of researcher are continuously loooking for new collaborative partners, post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D. students and project students. We are able to offer a range of different projects that can be tailored to your interests. Read more about our groups of researchers and contact our group leaders.

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