Welcome to the Department of Neurobiology,
Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis
Our mission is to extend knowledge, through our research,
into the understanding of vital functions common to all animals,
and to convey our knowledge and expertise in this area to our
students. All animals perform certain basic functions-they grow,
reproduce, move, respond to stimuli and maintain homeostasis. The
physiological mechanisms upon which these functions depend are
precisely regulated and highly integrated, but may be disrupted by
disease, injury and aging. Actions of the nervous and endocrine
systems determine behavior and the interaction between organisms
and their physical and social environments. Exercise and physical
activity also regulate the physiological, biomechanical and
behavioral aspects of the organism.
The research and teaching missions in the Department focuses
on functional mechanisms; the control, regulation and integration
of these mechanisms; and the behavior that relates to those
mechanisms at the level of the molecule, the cell, the organ
system and the organism, including at the human ecological level.
Distinguished Professor Barbara
Horwitz was the Marshal at the 2014 College of
Biological Sciences Commencement. Pictured (l to r):
Erwin Bautista, Earl Carstens, Jim Trimmer, Barbara
Horwitz, Keith Baar. Not pictured: Hwai-Jong Cheng,
Professor Barbara Horwitz was the Marshal at the
2014 College of Biological Sciences Commencement.
Pictured (l to r): Erwin Bautista, Earl Carstens,
Jim Trimmer, Barbara Horwitz, Keith Baar. Not
pictured: Hwai-Jong Cheng, Paul Salitsky.
image of a bilateral pair of commissural neurons,
filled with the fluorescent marker Texas Red, that
are part of the intersegmental circuit that
coordinates movements of crayfish swimmerets.
immunofluorescence labeling of rat hippocampus with
three mouse monoclonal antibodies against
Caspr/Paranodin (green), Ankyrin-G (red), and Kv1.2
fluorescent protein-expressing retinal ganglion
cells in flat-mounted, adult rat retina.
section of light-adapted adult rat retina, showing
elevated cAMP levels (green) and phosphorylated
CaMKII (red) in individual ganglion cell layer
study of finding the cell center.
events activated by exercise in a low-glycogen
potential role that higher predators play in the
cycling of sulfur.
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