Department of Physiology

We take pride in having a long tradition as an outstanding workplace at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Our department has maintained annual budgets of over 15 million dollars and based on such funding in 2011 and 2012, the American Physiological Society ranked our department 2nd in the country.

Our faculty provide distinguished service on many editorial boards (American Journal of Physiology, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Circulation Research, Atheroscleorsis Thrombosos and Vascular Biology), NIH Study Sections, and organizing committees of prestigious national and international meetings (Experimental Biology, FASEB Summer Conferences, International Conference on Eicosanoids and Lipid Mediators). Among our emeritus faculty, Profs. Clark Blatteis and Lester Van Middlesworth are University Distinguished Professors.  Prof., Blatteis has recently been recognized by the Living History Project of the American Physiological Sciences. Our faculty also include the Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Research, the Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Graduate College, and the Associate Dean of the Faculty Affairs for the College of Medicine. In addition, we have three endowed professorships: the Harriet S. Van Vleet Chair (Prof. Gabor Tigyi), the Thomas A. Gerwin Professorship (Prof. Leonard R. Johnson), and the Maury R. Bronstein Professorship (Prof. Jonathan Jaggar).

The Department of Physiology is recognized internally as well as externally. For many years, students have ranked our medical physiology course either at the top or in second place, and they have honored our faculty with the Golden Apple Awards for teaching. We take pride in training our graduate students in courses of study offered through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program and the department-based Cell Biology and Physiology program.

Our postdoctoral fellows publish in top-tier journals and successfully move on to take faculty positions or careers in government or private sectors, including Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Merck-Serono & Co. Recent graduates have taken postdoctoral positions in top research institutions, including Yale, Scripps Research Institute, and Harvard.

The Department of Physiology currently has close to one hundred employees including faculty, staff, and students. We are in the process of hiring new faculty. 

We have recently expanded our shared equipment park with a Zeiss 5 LIVE confocal microscope, which complements the Zeiss 510 PASCAL microscope that we have had for a few years. We now have a new Zeiss 710 NLO Multiphoton microscope as well. We added a new Perkin Elmer Micro Beta counter and TECAN Genios Pro to the list of available equipment.

We cordially invite you to make yourself familiar with our Department of Physiology.

Zhongjie Sun, MD, PhD, FAHA
Professor and Chair
Department of Physiology

Contact Us

Department of Physiology

A302 Coleman Building
956 Court Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-2675 or
Fax: 901-448-7126