What your donation can support

The Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (formerly the Department of Physiological Science) is dedicated to explaining the function of complex biological systems in cells, organs, and individuals. The research of our faculty and students spans many levels. We use approaches that range from RNA interference to ion channel electrophysiology to genetic intervention in behavior to mathematical modeling to robotics, all to make sense of sensory, motor, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. Donations to the department are vital to ensure a strong future for its graduate and undergraduate education programs. Your donation, regardless of amount, has a powerful impact and is greatly appreciated. You may focus your gift on a specific area, or make a gift to be used in the area of greatest need. Please click on the "Donate Now" button to make a donation to one of these programs.

General Support

Chair's Discretionary Fund: Gifts to this fund allow the department to allocate additional resources as needed to the fellowships and academic programs described above, helping both graduates and undergraduates to achieve their goals.

Annual gifts to the Integrative Biology and Physiology Chair's Discretionary Fund, in addition to providing vital funds to our department, also qualify the donor for membership into the Chancellor's Circle (annual gifts between $  1,000 and $  2,499) and Chancellor's Associates (annual gifts of $  2,500 and above). For more information about the courtesies associated with these levels of support, please go to

Our alumni and friends who already enjoy Chancellor's Associates member benefits may also direct their annual gifts to our department by selecting it via the UCLA Annual Fund appeals. By designating Integrative Biology and Physiology as the recipient of their annual gifts, Chancellor's Associates members will retain the courtesies associated with their level of support. For more information, please visit:

Student Support

Integrative Biology and Physiology Graduate Fellowships: Our extraordinary graduate students need support to devote their full efforts to their dissertation research. A donation of $  27,000 would support one student for one year, but any gift will help us to continue building the fund to provide as many fellowship quarters as possible, which would allow graduate students to focus on their research and dissertation. Funds can also be used to provide much-needed funding of research materials for their thesis research, as these are not necessarily funded by grant funding available in the mentor's lab.

Integrative Biology and Physiology Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Our talented undergraduate researchers must often interrupt their research during summer, because of a lack of funding support. Any amount is welcomed to help them continue their research, and to provide funding of research materials. A donation of $ 3000 would support an undergraduate researcher for a summer.

Donor Recognition

Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the faculty, staff, and students in the department as well as by the University. Donors at all levels should feel proud of supporting higher education, and all donations help us with our mission. Cash donations or gifts of securities are tax deductible and will have an immediate impact. Pledges for future gifts are also welcomed. Named endowments or named faculty chairs are especially welcomed and can help secure our future.