Thomas M. Ferrari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Thomas Ferrari

Dr. Ferrari joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in August 2014 as Assistant Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience. Prior to joining OUWB, Dr. Ferrari was a Lecturer and Co-Director of the M.S. Program in Physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, an Associate Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

He earned his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University of Texas at Austin and was Senior Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute, as well as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow and MDA Research Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

During his 25-year research career, Dr. Ferrari studied neuroendocrinology and muscle biology, receiving support from the NIH, NSF, and the AHA. He developed several graduate-level courses at the University of Michigan Medical School, including pathophysiology and translational physiology. In addition to course and curriculum development in the biomedical sciences, Dr. Ferrari’s interests include quantum biology, consciousness research, meditation physiology, and neuroscience of prosocial behavior.

Contact Information:

Office: 408 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-3887


Physiology and Neuroscience


Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
B.A., Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas


AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate

Research Interests:

Psychophysiology of meditation, forgiveness, empathy, and related prosocial behavior