Welcome to the Department of Physiology
Meet our Head of Department, Professor Matthew Watt - and find out what’s happening around Physiology.
The University of Melbourne is a globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive university uniquely positioned to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.
- Research Themes
Our research is encompassed within several broad research themes. This multidisciplinary approach aims to increase the opportunities for researchers to collaborate on projects that span common themes.View
- Research Groups
An overview of our research interests within the department and the project work being carried out by our research groups.View
- Graduate Research
We are passionate about the training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists. A range of research degrees are offered at Master and Doctorate level.View
- Services and Facilities
The School of Biomedical Sciences includes a number of shared research facilities, as well as several research services open to researchers external to the University of Melbourne on a fee for service basis.View
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Researchers are located at key sites across Victoria, with more conducting research around the world. These renowned experts from every field can be found in labs, hospitals, affiliated research institutes and all across the wider community.Information and support tools for Faculty staff are available on the Faculty intranet.
Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, we have something to suit your needs and schedule. With the highest teaching evaluations in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences we are proud to offer our coursework and short course programs to our leaders and future leaders.
Learn from world-renowned academics in the heart of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct – the perfect way to begin in the field of biomedical science.Learn more
Everything you need to know about course planning, graduate pathways, how to enrich your studies and where to seek support.Learn more
We are passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of biomedical scientists. Here’s how to start your research career at Melbourne.Learn more
Departmental Student Resources
A range of support resources are available for students in the Department of Physiology.Learn more
Honours and Masters of Biomedical Science
See our project guide for a wide range of available Honours and Masters projects.
Our alumni community brings together our talented graduates – from those working in medicine, professional health, engineering to law and commerce. Stay connected with this global network.Connect with us
Our alumni and donors enrich our School’s work in many ways. From creating scholarships, supporting ground-breaking research to building partnerships and community engagement.Find out more
Collaboration with industry, other institutions and research organisations, the community, not-for-profits and government means research outcomes in our School can have a global impact.Find out more
The School of Biomedical Sciences includes some of the University, and Victoria’s, most historically renowned departments, hosting a number of unique programs of community and scientific interest.Discover
The Biomedical Precinct
The School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Melbourne is part of the largest biomedical precinct in the southern hemisphere. It is a hub of innovation, exceptional collaboration opportunities and cutting-edge facilities.
Virtual Reality Learning Studio (VRLS)
The Virtual Reality Learning Studio was developed in the Department of Physiology by Dr Charles Sevigny (Senior Lecturer) and Mr Jairus Bowne (Senior Tutor). The development of the VRLS has involved collaborations between physiologists, anatomists, cardiologists, game developers, animators and graphic artists.
Centre for Muscle Research
Investigating the mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle wasting and weakness, the Centre develops and tests therapies to counteract muscle wasting disorders. It receives industry backing to perform pre-clinical trials on therapeutic compounds for disorders caused by ageing (sarcopenia), muscle diseases (such as the muscular dystrophies) and cancer cachexia.
Welcome to the Department of Physiology
Professor Matthew Watt, Head of Department
The Department of Physiology was established in 1862 and has a proud history and strong record of excellence in research, research training, learning and teaching, community and media engagement.
Honorary titles with our Department are highly-esteemed titles awarded on a fixed-term, honorary basis to individuals from industry, government, professions, communities and the academy.
A Brief History
The arrival in Melbourne of George Britton Halford on 23 December 1862 signaled the establishment of medical education and research in Physiology in Australia.