The Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, São Paulo University, has 26 faculty members, 20 post-doctoral fellows, and 30 staff members. Research is carried out in 24 Laboratories working on integrative, cellular and molecular physiology and biophysics. All Laboratories have financial support from the main Brasilian funding agencies: FAPESP, CNPq, FINEP, PRONEX/MCT, and other Institutions as well. In addition to research activities, the Department is responsible for teaching more than 1,500 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. The Department is also involved in community-oriented programs.