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The Department of Physiology was among the first to be established in the fedgeling Medical Faculty, with an initial strength of 5 acdemic staff. Since its operations began in 1963, it had provided instruction and helped to lay the foundation of medical and physiological knowledge to numerous generations of medical doctors. The number of lecturers has since increased to 14, and the teaching responsibilities have expanded widely. At present, in addition to undergraduate Dental, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science, Nursing, Biomedical Engineering.

students as well as teaching post-graduate courses in Master of Medicine, Surgery and Medical Physics. In addition, there are more than 10 post-graduate students doing their Master of Medical Science and PhD by research and disssertation. The department is involved in expanding innovative methods in teaching, including problem-based and case-based learning methodology.;

In addtion to teaching, the staff is actively engaged in research. Research areas include biological and medicinal properties of plants and natural products, sport physiology, cell physiology, immunology, hybridoma and monoclonal antibody technology and endocrinology.

Department of Physiology is one of the oldest pre-clinical departments in the Medical Faculty, University of Malaya. It is housed on the 3rd Floor of Block C Building that is situated adjacent to the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

The primary mission of the Department is to prepare students with an excellent foundation in human physiology so as to enable them to succeed in their chosen endeavors may it be medicine or any allied health sciences.

The Department currently comprises of 14 faculty members. The is 2 secretarial staff, 2 tutors and 13 support staff, some of whom are deployed in the different research laboratories, while others provide technical support during teaching and practical sessions.

Although small, the Department is actively involved in teaching and research in the field of Physiology. The discipline is a core subject for diploma courses and Bachelor degrees in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering courses. The Department is also engaged in teaching postgraduate courses by dissertation or by examination.

Academic Programme
Research Activities

1. Hybridoma and antibody biotechnology and application.

2. Effect of natural products on physiological parameter- whole animals, organ system and cells.

3. Renal physiology.

4. Reproductive physiology.

5. Neurophysiology.

6. Physiology of meditation.

7. Isolation and characterization of cancer cells from primary tumours.

8. Physiology of fasting and exercise


The Department is involved in teaching and research in the field of Physiology. It provides a basis for professional studies in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science, Nursing and for Diploma of Medical Laboratory Technology course.

Postgraduate programme by course or by thesis are also available:
Doctor of Philosophy / PhD
Master of Medical Science (Physiology) / MMSc (Physio.)

Future Plan
  1. Stem cell research.
  2. Characterization and experimental therapeutics of cancer cells.
  3. Application of monoclonal and humanized antibodies
Last Updated: 31/10/2018