The Department of Physiology at KMC Manipal was established in 1953. Physiology is a branch of medicine that deals with study of functions of human body and the regulation of different system. The goal of teaching undergraduate students Medical Physiology is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the integrated functions of the organ systems, which in turn helps understanding the basis of health and disease. With respect to the knowledge domain, students get equipped with the knowledge of the coordinated body function, the relative contribution of each organ system to the maintenance of the milieu interior, aspects of normal growth and development, physiological responses and adaptations to environmental conditions, the knowledge of the physiological principles underlying pathogenesis as well as treatment of disease. With respect to skills domain, the student becomes able to conduct experiments, designed for study of physiological phenomena and interpret experimental/investigative data, distinguish between normal and abnormal data, derived as a result of tests, which he/she performs and observes in the laboratory.


Key features

  • Well-equipped labs, lecture halls and demonstration rooms
  • Well qualified faculty and technical staff.


Core Competencies

  • High standard of teaching and evaluation
  • Innovative methods of teaching.
Well-structured curriculum with standard assessment methods

The curriculum is designed on the guidelines provided by MCI. Various novel teaching and assessment methods like Team Based Learning, Simulation based learning, Flipped Classroom are implemented. Students are provided additional learning material on the E-Learning Management system platform. Everyday lectures are video captured from Impartus and made available for students.

Well-equipped labs, lecture halls and demonstration rooms

The department has Haematology, Amphibian and Clinical skills lab for undergraduate students. Research Labs including Neurophysiology lab and Autonomic function tests lab are available for UG, PG and PhD students. The labs are equipped with up to date instruments like digital spirometer, digital data acquisition systems for EEG, ECG – HRV etc.                                                      

Well-qualified faculty and technical staff

The department has a team of well qualified faculty for teaching and research.






The Department of Physiology, KMC Manipal offers the following program:


MD - Physiology


Individual departments under KMC are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure for research and clinical experience.

Neurophysiology Lab

The Neurophysiology lab has provisions for recording EEG and ERP data and assessing Cognitive Function tests. The current core areas of research are Neuro Electro Physiology and Autonomic function assessment. Microscopic image analysis facility for studies in Haematology for undergraduate and postgraduate students and research activities of PhD and research scholars.


Research & Publications

The areas of research include: Evaluation of histogenesis of various organ systems using fetal tissues. Estimation of subcutaneous fat and fibre distribution and types in the abdominal region and its clinical implications. Effect of DHA and Colin on stress induced behaviour and histological changes in the CNS. • Preventive and protective role of cissus quadrangular is extract on diabetes induced osteopenia and bone loss in osteoporosis- a cellular and molecular evaluation. Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in curative and prophylactic role of Ceasalpenia Bonduc extracts on Liver toxicity. Use of lead as nanoparticle in traditional medicine - multi-organ approach to evaluate the functional, cellular and molecular alterations. Role of traditional medicinal preparations in wound healing - structural, biomechanical, molecular evaluations use normal and diabetic wound models.