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The Department of Physiology serves to provide the profound knowledge of the subtle orchestrated functioning of various systems of the body that contribute to overall health of an individual, under the able guidance of experienced teachers, transforming the students into  competent  health professionals.


            To create excellent health care professionals by making them understand the physiological basis of medical treatment and make them reach new heights by providing quality medical education and inculcating social responsibilities in them.


Our Department functions to provide advanced and profound knowledge in Physiology to all medical and paramedical students by providing them with adequate exposure to theoretical, practical and innovative research work and encourage them to apply  relevant skills learnt for the betterment of society.

The knowledge gained by the students in Physiology finds its practical implication in understanding the disease process in the clinical subjects of Medicine and its allied specialities. This would direct them for perfect diagnostic abilities, therapeutic decisions and lead them for research activities.  The dedicated teaching carried out by the experienced team of faculty members initiate the first year undergraduate students to appreciate the importance of health by the knowledge they gain from understanding the mechanisms of various systems’ functioning with their clinical relevance. The post graduate guidance provided by the faculty transforming into a good teacher by being guided to understand the subject and learn the teaching skills with excellence.

Dr K. Tamilselvan  –  Professor & HOD    

The Department of Physiology with its team of experienced faculty members and well equipped laboratories, provide regular practical lessons (haematology and clinical practical sessions) in the respective labs for undergraduates and separate individual laboratory provisions are also available to carry out amphibian and mammalian experiments along with the aforementioned experiments for the post graduate students. The department provides research initiatives for the undergraduate students and encourages academic research activities for the post graduate students with its well equipped research lab that has provisions to carry out autonomic function tests, pulmonary function test and other electrophysiological assessments. The department of Physiology also conducts regular yoga sessions and has a museum with specimens, models and charts making the process of learning easier for the students.

The department carries out undergraduate teaching for Medical, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedical and Pharmacy students and mentoring for post graduate students, collaborative teaching activities with clinical disciplines. Beyond regular learning sessions the department encourages the students to partake in seminars and quiz competitions and makes regular assessment of their academics with internal assessment tests with revisions during tutorials. The post graduate training involves regular monthly sessions of journal club, seminars, and group discussions on both theory and practical topics with their periodic academic assessment and regular research activities.

List of department faculty publications

  1. Latha R, KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Jayamala AK, Shyamala M.Gender difference in Brainstem auditory evoked response among the headphone users. International Journal of Physiology, 2020 (Accepted)
  1. Lydia P Graceline Margarat, Latha R. Variations in PEFR among Sports Persons of Different Types of Sports Activities and their Relationship with BMI. International Journal of Physiology, 2019; 7 (3): 76-79.
  2. KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Pavithra M, Tamil selvan K. Assessment of stress and cognition among adolescent males and females. NJPPP.2019;9(1):43-47
  1. TyngshainlangSutnga, Franc Oumanath, SaradaNingthoujam .Effect of Yoga on BMI and PFT among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2019 February; 8(5): ISSN 2278- 4802
  2. Tamilselvan K, Nirmala N, Latha R, Vijayasri SG. Assessment of autonomic functions in normotensive offspring of hypertensive parents .International Journal of Physiology 2018; 6(1): 112-116.
  1. Manikandan S, Nirmala N, Tamilselvan K, Latha R.A study of body mass index on median motor nerve conduction among the young adults and variance in the dominant hands. International Journal of Physiology 2018; 6(2): 52-56.
  1. Tamilselvan K, Nirmala N, Latha R, U KarthikaPriyadharshihi U, Niveatha S, Godson Titus Samuel J. Assessment of nerve conduction in non-diabetic offspring of type 2 diabetic parents- a pilot study. Experimental and clinical physiology and biochemistry 2018; 1(81): 27-32.
  1. Niveatha S, Nirmala N, Kavitha U, Tamilselvan K, Graceline Margaret Lydia P. Isometric hand grip test as a tool to unmask the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension among offspring of hypertensive parents- a pilot study. Biomedicine 2018; 37(1)(Supp): 077-081.
  2. TamilselvanKuppusamy, NirmalaNatrajan, ManikandanSathiyaseelan, JayamalaAnnachiraKushalappa, NiveathaSanthanakrishnan. A study of heart rate 21. variability among non-diabetic offspring of type 2 diabetic parents. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 2018; 8(6): 805-809.
  1. Tamilselvan K, Latha R, Nirmala N, Chandralekha J. A study to assess the effect of intensity of music on heart rate variability .International Journal of Physiology 2018; 6(4): 77-81.
  1. Latha R,Tamilselvan K, Indhumathi VG. A study of visual evoked potential in nocturnal mobile phone users. International Journal of Physiology 2018; 6(2): 44-47.
  1. Jayamala A.K, Latha. R, Preethi. B.L, Nirmala. N, K. Tamilselvan, KarthigaPriyadharshini. Alteration In Cardiac Autonomic Activity After Music Therapy In Young Women. International Journal of Physiology. 2018; 6(1): 25-30.
  2. Jayamala A.K, Latha R, Nirmala N, Dharan Kumar K, Keerthika G, Sarumathi E. The impact of Hypertension on speed of processing and executive functions in geriatric subjects. Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy & Physiology. April-June, 2018;5(2);224-228.
  3. KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Paramita B, Latha R, Nirmala N, Tamilselvan K, Jayamala AK. Cardio-vagal balance during different phases of menstrual cycle – International Journal of Physiology.2018;6(2):31-35
  4. KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Kavitha U, Latha R, Nirmala N, ParamitaB.Cyclical alteration in HRV among young eumennorheic women. Indian Journal of clinical Anatomy and Physiology.2018;5(3):337-339
  1. KarthikaPriyadharshini U, JayamalaAK,Pavithra M, Tamil SelvanK,Latha R, SenthilVelou M. Assessment of stress on cognition during different phases of menstrual cycle. International Journal of Basic and Applied Physiology. International journal of basic and applied physiology.2018;7(1):55-60
  2. Tamilselvan K, Nirmala N, Latha R. A study of heart rate variability among the normotensives with parental history of hypertension. Biomedicine    2017;37(1):008-014.
  3. Latha R, Tamilselvan K, Kavitha U, Rajeena MJ. A study on assessment of visual evoked potential in follicular and luteal phases of menstrual cycle. Biomedicine 2017; 37(1): 021-025.
  4. Latha R, Jayamala AK, Shyamala M. A study of headphone usage on cognitive constraints between genders. IOSR. Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 2017; 16 (8): 38-42.
  5. Latha R, Tamilselvan K, Indhumathi VG. Does the nocturnal mobile phone usage affect the cogenition and quality of sleep? International Journal of Basic and Applied Physiology 2017; 6(1): 82-86
  6. Jayamala A.K, Preethi B.L., Latha R, Bharathi C. Shwetha B. M. Comparitive analysis of heart rate   variability during different phases of menstrual cycle in Eumenorrhea& Dysmenorrhea subjects. Experimental and clinical physiology and biochemistry.2017; 1:13-18.
  7. KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Latha R, Kavitha U, Nirmala N. Effect of organo phosphorus pesticides on cardio respiratory parameters among the farmers- Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2017; 11(9): CC01-CC04
  8. KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Kavitha U, Nirmala N, Latha R. Assessment of Skeletal Muscle Strength, Fatigue and Respiratory Efficiency in Young Healthy Females during Different Phases of Menstrual Cycle.2017;80(4):5–9
  9. Deisha B. Rymbui, Dr.FrancOumanath, Gomti Devi, Dr.LaishramGeetanjali. Cardiac troponin I levels in young healthy athletes and untrained individuals following treadmill exercise.Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Sciences 2017 June; 5(6): ISSN 2347-954X.
  10. FrancOumanath,Labango, SinghSaradaNingthoujam. Efficacy of yoga and medical treatment in post- menopausal osteoporosis. Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Sciences 2017 September; 5(9): ISSN 2347-954X.
  11. Nirmala N, Latha R, Tamilselvan K, Ramani B Assessment of autonomic functions in the non-diabetic offspring of diabetic parents. Biomedicine 2016;36(2): 061-067.
  12. Tamilselvan K, Latha R, Nirmala N, RajiParameswari R. Effect of menstrual cycle on nasal mucociliary clearance. Biomedicine 2016;36(3):067-071.
  13. Latha R,Prabu V, Tamilselvan K,  Shyamala M. A study on correlation between cognitive functions and brain stem auditory evoked response amongst the head phone users. Biomedicine 2016; 36(2): 022-028
  14. KarthikaPriyadharshiniU,LathaR,Nirmala N, Paramita B. A comparative study on sympathetic function test during different phases of menstrual cycle in south Indian women. Biomedicine 2016; 36 (4):052-056
  15. Adhilakshmi A, KarthikaPriyadharshini U, John NA. Auditory and visual reaction time and peripheral field of vision in helmet users.J Bangladesh Soc Physiol.2016;11(2):43-46
  16. VM Pandian, SS Priyan, AF Vaik, Franc OumanathPremenstrual Symptoms-Prevalence, coping Behaviours and related quality of life.International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 2016; 3(3): 27-33
  17. Tamilselvan K, Latha R, Nirmala N, Susiganeshkumar E, Thananjayam A: Does body mass index influence nasal mucociliary clearance? International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences. 2015; 4(1): 178-182.
  18. Tamilselvan K, Latha R, Kavitha.U ,Nirmala N, Srikanth S. Effect of gender on Nasal mucociliary clearance. International Journal of Biomedical Research 2015; 6(02): 92-96.
  19. K Tamilselvan, S SheelaRavinder, G Thangavel, A.S. Subashini and R Padmavathi. A study of variation in the levels of seminal plasma superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase in normospermic and oligozoospermicmen.International Journal of Biomedical Research 2015; 6(04): 263-267
  20. LathaR ,Sairaman H. The role of classical music on stress alleviation and autonomic functions in medical students. Biomedicine: 2015; 35(1): 090-094.
  21. Srikanth S, Latha R, DityNissiRoja E, Sairaman H, Janani B, Susiganeshkumar E. Effect of music on stress and academic performance of undergraduate medical students. National medical journal: 2015; 27(6): 351-352.
  22. Latha R, Tamilselvan K, Susiganeshkumar E, Sairaman H. Effect of Classical music on heart rate variability between genders. Int J Biomed Res2015; 6(3): 192-195.
  23. Latha R, Rajeena M J, Kavitha U. A study on assessment of cognitive functions in follicular and luteal phases of menstrual cycle. Biomedicine 2015; 35(2): 183-187.
  24. Nirmala N, Lakshmi Priya P, Latha R. Heart rate variability among reproductive and postmenopausal women. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2015; 4(8): 1132-1135.
  25. Latha R,Tamilselvan K, Nirmala N, Rajeena MJ. Visual Evoked potential in offsprings of diabetics in different phases of menstrual cycle. Biomedicine 2015; 35(4): 521-525.
  26. Jayamala AK,Preethi BL, Pradeep GCM, Impact of Music Therapy on Breast Milk Secretion in Mothers of Premature Newborns. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2015; 9(4): CC04-CC06
  27. Tamilselvan K, SheelaRavinder S., Thangavel G., Subhanshini A.S., PadmavathiR.The effect of Seminal oxidative stress on male fertility.International Journal of Basic Medical Science.2014; 5(5):91-96
  28. Latha R, Srikanth S, Sairaman H, EdmandDity NR. Effect of music on heart rate variability and stress in medical students. Int J ClinExpPhysiol 2014; 1: 131-134.
  29. JayamalaAnnachiraKushalappa,Preethi Bangalore Lakshmanagowda, Shwetha B M and Bharathi.C. Effect of music therapy in dysmennorhic subjects during menstrual phase of menstrual cycleInternational Journal of Biomedical Research2014; 05 (12): 748-750.
  30. Nirmala N, Adhilakshmi A, Harshila Jain, KarthikaPriyadharshini U. A comparative study of intr-ocular pressure changes in postmenopausal normotensive and hypertensive women. Int J Res Med Sci.2014;2(3):876-880
  31. Nirmala N, KarthikaPriyadharshini U, Kavitha U, Adhilakshmi. Brain stem auditory evoked response during different phases of menstrual cycle. Int J Med Sci Pub Health.2014;3(6):689-692
  32. JannieShimrayWafaKananS. N. NaithokJamatiaSharon RoelL.BellamyKomFranc OumanathMerrycka A. SangmaHongprachanHungyo. Gender difference in spirometric lung functions in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients attending RIMS hospital Out-Patient Department.IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 2014; 13(9)
  33. Latha R, Prakasa Rao J. Gender and segmental study of arsenate uptake by the everted gut sacs of mice. Int J Med Res Health Sci 2013; 2(3): 609-615.
  34. Nagashree, R.Latha, V. Karthikeyan.Effect of leaves of  Moringaoleifera on biochemical and physiological parameters in rats. Jounal of Natural Remedies 2011; 11/1: 54-59.
  35. Latha, R. Nagashree, M. Shylaja, V. Karthikeyan. Effect of administration of Moringaoleifera leaves in the remediation of arsenic induced oxidative stress in rats. Biomedicine 2010; 30(3): 278-281.
  36. Latha, Rashmi P. Rao, J. Prakasa Rao. Phenol red inhibits arsenate uptake by the everted gut sacs of mice and reduces its toxicity. Pharmacology Online 3; 2010: 677-696.
  37. Nagashree, R.Latha, C. Anand,V. Karthikeyan.Effect of Hibiscus esculentus fruit on arsenic induced oxidative changes in albino rats. Journal of natural remedies 2009: 9/2: 170-176.
  38. Latha, R. Nagashree. Gender difference in lipid peroxidation by the tissues of arsenic exposed mice.  Biomedicine 2008; 28 (1): 51 – 53.
  39. Latha, R. Nagashree, V. Karthikeyan, C. Anand.Effect of phenol red on blood cell counts of arsenate exposed albino mice. Biomedicine 2007; 27 (2); 60 – 63.
  40. Nagashree, R.Latha. Effect of continuous light exposure on the physiological parameters and serum cortisol levels in rats. Biomedicine 2007; 27 (3): 123 – 125.
  41. Latha, L. Venkatakrishnan, V. Aruna, G. Lavanya.The effect of garlic oil on lipid peroxidation and blood cell counts of arsenic exposed albino mice. Journal of Natural Remedies 2006; 6/1: 19-25.
  42. DebbinduKonar, R.Latha, J.S. Bhuvaneswaran. Cardiovascular responses to head – down – body – up postural exercise Sarvangasana]. Indian J PhysiolPharmacol 2000; 44(4): 392 – 400. 

ICMR – Short Term Student (ICMR- STS) projects Guided:

Dr. K. Tamilselvan

  1. STS-2012- ( Ref no. 2012-03025)

      The effect of BMI on nasal mucociliary clearance – a pilot study

      Student : Mr A J Thananjayam


  1. STS- 2014- ( Ref no. 2014-00907)

A clinical study on the autonomic functions among normotensive offspring of hypertensive parents

Student : Mrs Vijayasri Sobhana Gopakumar

Dr. R. Latha

  1. The Effect of Garlic oil on Lipid peroxidation and Blood cell counts of Arsenic exposed albino mice. STS- ICMR-2005 Miss. Lavanya
  2. The Effect of Phenol red on Lipid peroxidation and Blood cell counts of Arsenate exposed albino mice. STS- ICMR- 2006 Mr.V.Karthikeyan
  3. Concomitant administration of Moringa oleifera leaves on arsenate induced oxidative stress in albino mice. STS- ICMR-2007. Miss. M. Shylaja
  4. Assessment of cognitive function and visual evoked potential in follicular and luteal phases of menstrual cycle STS- ICMR-2014. Miss.M.Rajeena
  5. A study on correlation between Cognitive functions and brainstem auditory evoked response amongst the headphone users. STS- ICMR-2015.Miss.M.Shyamala
  6. A study of correlation between visual evoked potential and cognitive functions in

nocturnal mobile phone users. STS- ICMR-2016. Miss.B. Indumathi

  1. A study on nomophobia and the psycho-physiological effects of PUBG gaming

among medical college students on their health and academics. STS- ICMR-2018.Mr.B. Aakash kumar

Dr. Jayamala A K

Evaluation of learning style and its influence on cognition among undergraduate medical students. STS-ICMR-2017    Mr. Marcel

Dr. U. Karthika Priyadharshini

  1. Effect of Alternate Nostril Breathing on Cardiorespiratory parameters and muscle strength among rotating shift workers. STS-ICMR-2018 Dhivya .K
  2. Effect of alternate nostril breathing on cognition and VEP among young adults with internet addiction. STS- ICMR 2019 Pavithra M

Chapter in a book:   Dr. R. Latha

Madanmohan Trakroo, Lakshmi Jatiya. Pregnancy Diagnostic Tests. In: Handbook of Practical Physiology Objective Structured Practical Instructions (OSPI). Paras Medical Books Private Limited, 2019: 161-163.

  1. Dr. K. Tamilselvan
SYMMEDCON 2018 – Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital &   Research  Institute, Chennai – 1st Prize in e-Poster presentation- January 2018
  1. Dr. R. Latha
Best Paper Award:
A first place had been secured for oral presentation entitled “Effect of arsenate and phenol red on leakage of lactate dehydrogenase and lactate in everted gut sacs of mice” in 34th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (IABMS) held at Dr. ALM Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Taramani campus, Chennai-600 113, from 27th-29th  December, 2013.
   PG Achievements:
Name of the Post graduate
Oral/Poster presentation/ Publication/ Quiz
Award / Prize
Dr B.Arunkumar
APTCON-Kilpauk Medical College
Oral Presentation
1st place
Dr B.Arunkumar &
 Dr U.Karthika Priyadharshini
PG Quiz- Balaji Medical College
1st place
Dr. U.Karthika Priyadharshini
APTCON- Madha Medical College
Oral Presentation
3rd place
University Ranks- PG
Dr S. Niveatha   2016-19 batch: Postgraduate University Gold Medal
Dr. S. Niveatha: 2016- 2019 PG Batch
  1. Second prize in oral poster presentation on ‘Isometric Hand Grip test as a tool to unmask the pregnancy induced Hypertension’ at APTCON – THUYIL 2017, Stanley Medical College, Chennai28/10/2017 to 29/10/2017.


  1. Second prize in oral poster presentation on ‘Effect of Left nostril breathing on Heart Rate Variability among healthy young obese adults’ at APTCON- LEMECON 2018 KIMS, Kanchepuram, Tamilnadu, 06/10/2018 to 07/10/2018
3.     Second prize in  poster presentation on ‘Role of yoga in prevention , Management and Rehabilitation of Chronic diseases’ at CYTER2008 Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Puducherry on 23/06/2017

4.     First prize in  poster presentation on ‘Swastha Manas: Mental Health and Well Being through Yoga’ in National Seminar Cum CME at CYTER Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Puducherry on 26/06/2018.

Second Prize in Pedagogy competition in Stanley medical college on 07/10/2018

  UG Achievements
Name of the Student
S. Subhashri
I. Saraswathi
D. Benija
S. Yokeshwar Siddarth
R. A. Dhweni
S. G. Vijayasri
K. Dharan Kumar
M. Shyamala
K. Thennarasi
S. Sarasvady
Sarveghna Lakshmi S
  1. CME on Therapeutic Potential of Yoga (2015)- 12.01.2015. Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital & Research Centre , Puducherry. The TamilNadu Medical Council has awarded 2 credit hours.


  1. CME on Innovative research methods on cost effective equipments in Physiology& Medicine (2015) – 20.01.2015 Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital& Research Centre , Puducherry. – The Tamil Nadu Medical Council has awarded 2 credit hours.


  1. CME and Quiz on ‘’Gastrointestinal Physiology’’ organized by Dept. of Physiology & Medical Education in SVMCH & RC, Pondicherry – 07/03/2015


  1. CME and Quiz on ‘’ Applied aspects of Respiratory system- An Overview’ organized by Dept. of Physiology & Medical Education in SVMCH & RC, Pondicherry – 03.16
  2. CME and Quiz of ‘ CME and Quiz of ‘ Physiology of Aging ’’ organized by Dept. of Physiology & Medical Education in SVMCH & RC, Pondicherry – 11.2016
  3. Workshop on scientific writing (2019) organized by Dept. of Physiology & Medical Education in SVMCH & RC, Pondicherry – 04.12.2019. – The Tamil Nadu Medical Council has awarded 2 credit hours.


  1. CME on “ECG-Basics & Beyond” (2020) organized by Dept. of Physiology & Medical Education in SVMCH & RC, Pondicherry under the banner of ‘Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu (APT)’ – 13.03.2020 – The Tamil Nadu Medical Council has awarded 2 credit hours.





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