Physiology

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Medicine

Course overview

The Discipline carries out research in a number of areas including the disorders of the central nervous system, electrophysiology, ovarian physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, diabetes mellitus and liver regeneration.

Programmes available

PhD (Physiology), part-time
MSc (Physiology), full-time
MSc (Physiology), part-time

Please note these options are also on offer via the College of Science.

Areas of interest

  • Neurotoxicity, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Liver microcirculation and regeneration
  • Skeletal muscle plasticity and muscular dystrophy
  • Epithelial physiology and electrophysiology
  • Neuroinflammation, mood disorders and pain
  • Gastric function; Diabetes Mellitus

Researcher profiles

Dr. Karen Doyle
karen.doyle@nuigalway.ie 
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Karen
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Neurotoxicity; neurodegeneration; cell stress and neuroprotection; Neurological and psychiatric disorders of the central nervous system. 

Dr. Ailish Hynes
ailish.hynes@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Ailish  
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Reproductive physiology; follicle growth and development; ovulation control; preimplantation embryo growth and development.


Dr. Beth Mallard
beth.mallard@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Beth
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Liver microcirculation; intravital fluorescence microscopy; liver regeneration.

Dr. Karl McCullagh
karl.mccullagh@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Karl
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Skeletal muscle biology from basic cellular mechanisms to disease states such as muscular dystrophy; gene and stem cell therapy for muscular and neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Leo Quinlan
leo.quinlan@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Leo   
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Epithelial physiology (inflammation and dyregulation in oviduct, colon and bladder), Stem cells, neuronal noise (neuro-modulation), electrophysiology (Ussing chambers, patch clamp, brain slice), Cell signalling (inositol, purinoceptors).

Dr. Michelle Roche
michelle.roche@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Michelle
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
My research interests focus on increasing understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning neuroinflammation, mood disorders (anxiety and depression) and pain.

Dr. Amir Shafat
amir.shafat@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Amir
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
Nutritional regulation of gastric emptying rates; Glucose oxidation test as a biomarker for type 2 diabetes mellitus; Stable isotope techniques, e.g., 13CO2 breath test.

Prof. Antony Wheatley
antony.wheatley@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physiology/StaffMain.html#Tony
RESEARCH INTERESTS: 
(i) intravital fluorescence microscopy for investigation of the microcirculation of the organs/tissues; (ii) liver regeneration (iii) immune-mediated liver injury (iv) gut permeability.

Contact Us


T: 353 91 492 761

W: www.nuigalway.ie/physiology/morephysioinfo.html#contactPhysiol 

PAC code

PhD (full-time) GYN41
PhD (part-time) GYN42
MSc (full-time) GYN43
MSc (part-time) GYN44

College of Science
PhD (full-time) GYT41
PhD (part-time) GYT42
MSc (full-time) GYT43
MSc (part-time) GYT44

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2017/18

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2017/18

Ph.D. EU Full time programme:  €4,529 p.a.

Ph.D. EU Part time programme:  €2,320 p.a.

How to Apply