Physiology & Pharmacology (0116)

Track coordinator: Prof. Nathan Dascal



The master's program in Physiology & Pharmacology will train researchers to undertake advanced research and study in this field.




Please note that the student's curriculum must be approved by his advisor and the program coordinator. The curriculum consists of 28 graduate semester hours divided as follows:


Required Courses

  • All students are required to take departmental courses in Biostatistics, Lab Safety, Research Ethics, and Scientific Writing. These courses should be completed in the first year.
  • All students in this track are required to take a 5-hour course in Physiology or a 6-hour course in Pharmacology.
  • Those who studied Physiology and/or Pharmacology previously can get an exemption. Otherwise students have to take the courses- currently NA in English.
  • Students who are exempt from these compulsory courses will have to replace the hours (5/6) with elective courses of the Graduate School.
  • For students who work with laboratory animals, an additional course is required in the Ethical Conduct and Care of Research Animals.
  • For students basing their thesis in research from observational or interventional studies, the following courses are required: Introduction to Epidemiology, Survey and Research Methods in Epidemiology, and Biostatistics II.


Elective Courses

  • Students must take 7-9 hours of elective courses in the department (in addition to the above mentioned basic Physiology and Pharmacology courses). They can also take 8-9 hours of elective courses offered by other departments of the School of Graduate Studies.


Elective courses for international students:

  • 0116.5937.01 Ion Channels: Classical and Molecular Biophysics (Prof. Dascal) 2 hours
  • 0116.5942.01: New Horizons in Drug Delivery Systems (Prof. Satchi Fainaro) 2 hours
  • 0116.5923.01 : Introduction to Pharmacogenomics and biomarkers in the era of personalized medicine (Dr. Gurevich, Dr. Yair Bar) 2 hours
  • New course – in process of approval by the committee: Quantitative methods of macromolecule interaction (Dr. Yakubovich) 2 hours
  • 0116.5940.01 (previously not given in English, we have the consent of the teacher for English): Open questions on the function of nerve cells in gait and vestibular function (Dr. Plotnik)
  • 0116.5645.01: Advances in brain tumor treatment and MRI (Dr. Mardor) – given in the Summer.


Additionally, the courses in Neuro are also open for students in this track:

  • Neurobiology: molecules, brain, and behavior (Dr. Haitin) 3 hours
  • New Aspects in Molecular Neurology and Neurophysiology (Prof. Slutsky) 3 hours
  • Molecular Communication in Nerve Cells (Prof. Perlson) 2 hours
  • Sleep and Consciousness: Form Neurological Foundations to Cognitive Processes (Prof. Nir) 3 hours



Students must attend at least 25 seminars, of which 40% must be within the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology. The student will keep a record of the lectures and submit a signed form to the Secretariat confirming participation. This form is a requirement for graduation.


If a student attends a scientific conference, it is equivalent to two seminars. Please note that a student will not get approval for more than two conferences. 




Students must submit a research proposal for their thesis by the end of the second semester. The thesis will be submitted by the end of the fourth semester. Students must present their thesis topic within the Department or at a scientific conference. Their advisor must approve their thesis as a condition for completion of the master's degree.



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