The current list of MCP 290 course offerings for 2018-19 are:

  1. Developmental Neurobiology and Stem Cell Biology, (MCP 290):
    Thursdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m., UC Davis Medical Center/Shriners Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Room 653B, Sacramento, CA (offered Fall, Winter, Spring)
    IOR: Wenbin Deng,

  2. Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology Journal Club (MCP 290):
    Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 6202 GBSF (offered Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters) IOR: Nipavan Chiamvimonvat,

  3. Putting physiology to work: Surgical solutions to hypertension Journal Club (MCP 290):
    Thursdays, 9:00 – 9:50 a.m., 2220 Tupper Hall (Offered Fall Quarter only)
    IOR: Chao-Yin Chen,

  4. Cardiac Muscle Physiology/Pharmacology  (MCP 290): 
    Mondays, 8:30 a.m., 4202 GBSF (offered Fall, Winter, Spring)
    IOR:  Donald Bers,  

  5. Cellular and Integrative Cardiovascular Biology (MCP 290):
    Mondays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Tupper Hall Room 2433 (offered Fall, Winter, Spring)
    IORs: Manuel F. Navedo, and Yang Kevin Xiang,

  6. Molecular Control of Muscle Phenotype (MCP 290):
    Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., 174 Briggs Hall (offered Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters)
    IOR:  Keith Baar,

  7. Neurodevelopment (MCP 290): 
    Every other Friday, 1:00 p.m., Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, Conference Room, 6th Floor (offered Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters)
    IORs:  Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno,; and Steven Noctor,   

  8. Air Pollution and Lung Biology (MCP 290 – Cross-listed with APC 290):
    Day & time is TBD, Center for Health and the Environment Conference Room (offered Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters)
    IOR:  Laura Van Winkle,

  9. Physiology & Membrane Biology Journal Club (MCP 290): 
    Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:00 p.m., Location TBD (offered Winter and Spring Quarters)
    IORs:  Jon Sack,; Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy,

  10. Developmental Neurobiology and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MCP 290):
    Day & time is TBD, Educational Building, Sacramento Campus (offered Winter and Spring Quarters)
    IOR:  Konstantinos Zarbalis,

For other seminars across campus, please visit the UC Davis Calendar of Events.


Upon admission, students are assigned a graduate advisor who guides them through the program's formal requirements. The student also chooses a major professor who serves as a mentor and later supervises the dissertation research. Students work with their major professor and graduate adviser to design a course of study that may include courses offered by other graduate programs or departments.

Download a list of courses that may satisfy MCIP requirements, pending advisor approval

Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Courses
Quarters offered:

     F - Fall quarter (September to December)

     W - Winter quarter (January to March)

     S - Spring quarter (April to June)

MCP 200L. Animal Cell Culture Laboratory (4 units)
Discussion; laboratory. Prerequisite: courses in undergraduate biochemistry, cell biology, or general physiology, or consent of instructor. Techniques of cell culture, with emphases on cell physiology and the actions of drugs and toxicants on cultured somatic cells. Design, performance and interpretation of experiments with animal cells in vitro. (W)

MCP 210A-210B-210C. Advanced Physiology (4-6-5 units)  Prerequisite: graduate student in the Physiology Graduate Group Ph.D. program, or consent of instructor. Advanced course on general principles of physiology, surveying homeostasis, cellular and selected topics, and neurophysiology. (F,W,S)

MCP 210L.  Physiology Laboratory Rotations (5 units) Laboratory-15 hours. Each quarter is typically comprised of two 5-week rotations in laboratories of the student's choice. Two quarters of rotations are recommended; one quarter is mandatory.  (F,W)

MCP 215. Electrophysiology Techniques and Applications (3 units)Lecture/Discussion. Broad scope of toics in electrophysiology techniques and applications. (Same course as Pharmacology and Toxicology 215). (S)

MCP 219. Muscle Growth and Development (3 units) Lecture; seminar. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 103, Biological Sciences 104 or Molecular and Cellular Biology 150, or consent of instructor. Integration of growth and development of skeletal muscle; morphology, biochemistry, neural control mechanisms, circulatory and nutritional factors. Prenatal and neonatal differentiation of fiber types. Experimental and hereditary myopathies. Offered in alternate years. (S)

MCP 220. General and Comparative Physiology of Reproduction (3 units)Lecture. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 101, 101L; Biological Sciences 101, 103. Basic phenomena of sexual and asexual reproduction and comparisons of processes in a wide variety of animals; gamete formation, structure, and metabolism; fertilization; neuroendocrine mechanisms in maturation and reproductive cycles; behavioral aspects. (S)

MCP 222. Mammalian Gametogenesis and Fertilization (3 units)Lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 121 or the equivalent. Course will emphasize our current understanding of events in mammalian gametogenesis and the fertilization process. Published results, conclusions drawn from these results, and their contribution to our understanding will be discussed. (S)

MCP 234. Current Topics in Neurotoxicology (3 units) Lecture - 3 hours. General principles of neurotoxicology, the cell and molecular mechanims and health mpacts of specific neurotoxicants and the contribution of neurotoxic compounds to complex neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. (Same course Environmental Toxicology 234 and Molecular Biosciences 234.) Offered in alternate years. (S)

MCP 242. Biological Rhythms (3 units) Lecture; lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 110 or the equivalent. General aspects and basic mechanisms of biological rhythms; the importance of rhythm desynchronization in areas of pharmacology and space medicine; telemetry; mathematical methods; chronometry; daily, reproductive, and annual periods; shift-work, jet lag and sleep disorders. Offered in alternate years. (F)

MCP 255. Stress Physiology (2 units) Lecture; seminar -1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate student in the Physiology Graduate Group Ph.D. program, or consent of instructor. Advanced course on principles of neuroendocrine and cellular stress physiology, mechanisms of adaptation to environmental and extracellular stress, and evolution of the stress response. (S)

MCP 261A-261B-261C. Topics in Vision (2 units) Lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 100 and 112 or the equivalent, graduate standing. Visual system functions and underlying mechanisms. Emphasis on recent research and pertinent aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, electrophysiology, psychophysics, development and genetics. Topics may vary each year. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 261A-B-C and Neuroscience 261A-B-C.) (F,W,S)

MCP 290 (1 unit). Seminar Seminar. Discussion and critical evaluation of advanced topics and current trends in research.(F,W,S)

MCP 290C (1 unit). Research Conference in Physiology Discussion. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Presentation and discussion of faculty and graduate student research in physiology.(F,W,S)

MCP 298. Group Study (F,W,S)

MCP 299. Research (F,W,S)

MCP 300A-300B. Pedagogical Aspects of Physiology in Higher Education Lecture, discussion, or laboratory, or combination. Prerequisite: meet qualifications for teaching assistant in physiology. Participation as a teaching assistant for one quarter in a designated physiology course. Instruction in methods of leading discussion groups, leading laboratory sections, writing and grading quizzes, operation and use of laboratory equipment, and reading and grading laboratory reports. Course meets teaching requirements for Ph.D. program in Physiology. (F,W,S)

MCP 390. The Teaching of Physiology Discussion. Prerequisite: Teaching Assistant assignment to a physiology lecture course and consent of instructor. Practical experience in methods and problems of teaching physiology lecture courses. May include analyses of texts and supporting material, discussion of teaching techniques, preparing for and conducting discussion sessions, and formulation of topics and questions for examinations under supervision of instructor. (F,W,S)