Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

Chair's Message

Welcome! This website for the Department of Physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has information about the research programs of our faculty and our educational programs. We are among the top physiology departments in the country, ranked third in research funding in 2012.

Our research programs are focused on basic and translational topics in neuroscience, spanning molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels. The techniques we employ range from single channel recording to behavioral analysis. Translational work in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia, brain-machine interfaces and chronic pain disorders are among the most prominent in the department.

Our faculty members are highly collaborative, bridging not only departments within Feinberg, but also at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the McCormick School of Engineering. Strong research collaborations also bridge the department with the Research Institute of Chicago and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Visit the Research section for further information about our faculty members’ research programs.

Graduate students in our department, drawn from the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program and the Medical Scientist Training Program, receive a thorough multidisciplinary training. Post-doctoral students receive a rigorous and rich training that prepares them for academic or professional careers. Visit the Education section for further information.

Thank you for your interest in our work. Please contact us for more information.

D James Surmeier, PhD

D. James Surmeier, PhD

Chair, Department of Physiology
Nathan Smith Davis Professor of Physiology