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Physiology is defined as the study of living organisms, organs and organ systems and how they function under normal conditions.

Central to the discipline of physiology is the study of mechanical, physical and biochemical processes which help the organisms keep certain characteristics, such as body temperature, at a healthy level.

Another important aspect of physiology is research on how the body reacts to extreme conditions or disease. Such studies can lead to new treatments or pharmacological advances.

Physiology is in some ways the mother of all biomedical research. Very little, if any, research at Karolinska Institutet is wholly without a physiological connection. Among the studies carried out at Karolinska Institutet with the strongest link to physiology is research on how muscle fatigue is brought about or why exercise reduces the risk of various diseases.

Research groups in physiology at FyFa

Group leader Research group 
Daniel Andersson Translational cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology
Anders Arner Genetic physiology
Barbara Canlon Experimental audiology
Andrei Chagin Bone and cartilage physiology
Karima Chergui Molecular neurophysiology
Stefano Gastaldello Small Ubiquitin Modifier (SUMO) signaling and muscle biology
Jan Henriksson Exercise physiology
Lars Karlsson Environmental physiology
Anna Krook, joint leadership Integrative physiology
Johanna Lanner Molecular muscle physiology and pathophysiology
Lars Larsson Basic and clinical muscle biology
Lennart Lindbom Microvascular physiology
Peter Lindholm Imaging of thoracic physiology and pathophysiology
Jorge Ruas Molecular and cellular exercise physiology
Bo Rydqvist Mechanoreceptor physiology
Elisabet Stener-Victorin Reproductive endocrinology and metabolism
Carl Johan Sundberg Molecular exercise physiology
Per Tesch Muscle and exercise physiology
Håkan Westerblad Muscle physiology
Zsuzsanna Wiesenfeld-Hallin Integrative pain research
Juleen Zierath, joint leadership Integrative physiology