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Welcome to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.

Manaye, Kebreten
Kebreten F. Manaye, M.D.
Professor and Chair

    Our primary objectives are to provide:

  • Resources, unparalleled support, and opportunities that foster excellence in research among faculty, fellows, and students.
  • A superior educational environment and medically relevant interactive sessions to medical, dental, graduate and allied health students.
  • Exemplary service to the medical school, university, and community at large.
  • The primary mission of the department’s educational program is to provide a holistic biomedical training that imparts knowledge of basic and complex physiological concepts that can then be applied to the practice of medicine and/or the conduct of biomedical research.
Our faculty are actively involved in the most cutting edge, innovative and novel approaches to the conduct of research. Areas of scholarly activity in our department include:

  • Neuroscience
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Renal physiology
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Endocrine physiology
  • Metabolic disorders.
We are honored to have faculty who are recognized researchers and scholars in their fields; talented and stimulating teachers; and committed to effective intro-and interdepartmental collaboration.


We offer graduate student training for Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D. degrees. We actively participate in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for future biomedical and preclinical studies. Many of our graduates have acquired a high level of success holding academic appointments at prestigious medical centers and private organizations.

We are happy that you have taken time to visit our website and hope you will explore more about our educational activities and research.