Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics

Welcome to the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. We are a relatively new academic department that was created after a re-organization in 2016. This department incorporates biological and physiological sciences and the closely related area of biophysics. The department conducts courses in two academic years, MD1 and MD2, of the revised MD curriculum and in the MD3 of the old curriculum. Our faculty are also involved in teaching neurophysiology in the neurobiology course that is administered by the Department of Anatomy. Consequently, our teaching activities are spread across several courses and departments.

Orientation to Medical Physics (MPRM0102)

This 17-week 2-credit hour course in the first pre-medical year (MD1) introduces fundamental physical principles as they apply to medicine. The goal of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of physical principles and their application in the working of the human body. The course also endeavors to help them develop critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, and to empower them to think creatively. Topics include fluids and thermal physics, electricity, optics, sound, electromagnetic waves, and other topics as required by students' area of study. Orientation to medical physics is taught using lectures, small group tutorial sessions and also employs some animations during classes.

Biology for Medicine (MPRM0105)

This 17-week, 4-credit-hour course introduces students to the structure and function of the human body at a very basic level. It begins with an overview of the regulatory mechanisms to maintain body homeostasis. Students are then introduced to organ systems that perform key processes such as gas exchange, circulation, control of body temperature, water balance, digestion, communication, and movement. The course is taught using lectures in the classroom and employs tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Human Physiology (MPRC0204)

This 34-week 10-credit hour course comprises of various topics from Human Physiology. An overall goal of this course is to enable students to understand the roles of molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems (endocrine, nervous, muscular, and immune systems) in human health and disease. This course focuses on providing an understanding of fundamental principles in medical physiology and help students to apply this knowledge during clinical encounters. Human physiology is taught using a mix of traditional didactic lectures, demonstrations, small-group sessions, and case-based learning sessions. Lectures are meant to provide guidance and to highlight key aspects of a topic. Besides this, students are expected to acquire additional and comprehensive knowledge by their own reading of prescribed texts and supplemental material. Small group activities, like tutorials, are meant to provide an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of selected topics by working through problems/questions. Flipped classrooms, student presentations, and team-based learning may also be used. Laboratory sessions are used to reinforce fundamental principles through demonstrations, simulated labs and hands-on experiments in the physiology lab.

Human Function (CCMD430)

This 34-week 18-credit hour course comprises of various topics from Human Physiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. This course is being phased out soon as the college is implementing the revised curriculum. The broad course objectives for the Human Function course are to reinforce fundamental aspects and clinical applications of Medical Biochemistry, Genetics, and Medical Physiology. It also aims to inculcate the ability to think logically and deduce effects of deranged biochemical and physiological function and to encourage students to question and critically analyze all information that is presented to them. The course is taught using didactic lectures in the classroom setting and employs tutorials in small groups and assignments that are meant to promote discussion and enquiry.

Neurobiology (MPRC0206, conducted by Dept of Anatomy)

This course is team-taught by faculty from the Department of Anatomy and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Out faculty teach all topics in neurophysiology in this course.

 

Name Designation Email
Dr Chandrashekhar Apte Associate Professor & Head shekharapte@nu.edu.om
Dr Mohamed Ali Borghan Associate Professor mohdborghan@nu.edu.om
Dr Rajeev Bajaj Assistant Professor bajaj@nu.edu.om
Dr Fatin Al Mudarris Assistant Professor fatinalmudarris@nu.edu.om
Dr Vivekananth Assistant Professor vivek@nu.edu.om



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