Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior - NPB

Department of NPB
UC Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

NPB Business Office
196 Briggs Hall
Phone: (530) 752-0203
Fax: (530) 752-5582

Undergraduate Advising
Biology Academic Success Center (BASC)
1023 Science Lab Building
(530) 752-0410

Department Chair
W. Martin Usrey

Department MSO
Cynthia Roberts

Briggs Hall with flowers

About Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior


The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior emphasizes research into the understanding of vital functions common to all animals. 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. Research 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.  



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