tail of a whale above sea surface

Function (Physiology & Biomechanics)

Physiology is the integrative study of how and why animals function: how they are built, how they respond and adapt to their environment, and how they regulate vital processes such as feeding, breathing, and moving.

Physiological research at Hopkins spans a tremendous range of topics: from the flow of ions through individual membrane channels, to the mechanisms that allow tunas to heat their muscles, to the feeding mechanics of blue whales.