Department of Physiology and Biophysics

About the Department

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics plays a leading role in the research and teaching activities of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Department faculty members have won numerous awards, both national and University-wide, in both physiology and biophysics, and they are regularly invited to present seminars and plenary lectures at universities and conferences throughout the US and overseas. Department faculty members serve on many national and international scientific committees, often in leadership roles.

About the Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Berislav Zlokovic, Chair

“At USC, we work with colleagues from so many different departments to reduce the gap between experimental and clinical findings.”
Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
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Department News

Pericytes, or gatekeeper cells, are wrapped around capillaries in the cortex of a mouse brain. (Amy Nelson/Keck School of Medicine of USC)

Study: A glitch in ‘gatekeeper cells’ slowly suffocates the brain

Abnormality with special cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly affecting the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a USC-led study reveals. “Gatekeeper cells” called pericytes surround blood vessels, contracting and dilating to control blood flow to active parts of the brain. “Pericyte degeneration may be ground zero for neurodegenerative
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Keck School Events

2017 Perinatal Medicine Conference

2017 Perinatal Medicine Conference

02/27/2017 - 03/02/2017
Hyatt Regency Maui, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali Beach, Maui
6:30 am - 12:15 pm

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