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Special Research PhD in Physiology

Research AyurVeda and meditation

Our PhD in Physiology research program is designed for graduate health professionals who want to further their scientific understanding of the effects of Maharishi AyurVeda and the Transcendental Meditation technique on human health and physiology.

In our PhD in Physiology program, you will:

  • Receive training in research design and implementation at the doctoral level, leading to publication of your discoveries
  • Perform specialized research on how Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi AyurVeda impact specific areas and conditions such as aging, cardiovascular health, and PTSD
  • Enjoy the support of a community of bright minds and fellow researchers who are dedicated to studying natural cures and treatments

What is Maharishi AyurVeda?

Ayurveda — which means “science of life” — is a traditional system of medicine originating in ancient India. Ayurveda is a comprehensive, prevention-oriented system of natural health that addresses the body, mind and environment of the individual in order to provide a holistic cure.

MUM teaches Maharishi AyurVeda, a unique form of ayurveda that has been re-evaluated from a scientific perspective for modern day use. Our PhD program integrates Maharishi AyurVeda with modern scientific understanding to take an integrated approach to medicine.

Moving science forward

MUM faculty and graduate students continue to advance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms and applications of natural, prevention-oriented methods for the health of the individual and society.

When you become part of our PhD program, you’ll specialize your research in one area of health — examples include neuroscience, stress-related mental disorders, and applied molecular biology — and discover how regular meditation practice and ayurvedic techniques impact that area.

A supportive community

During your time at our university, you will be surrounded by a community of people who are passionate about researching natural and integrative cures for today’s illnesses.

In addition to studying under some of the greatest modern minds in natural medicine, you’ll meet supportive friends who share your values and are committed to making the world a better, healthier place.

Faculty profile: Robert Keith Wallace


Dr. Robert Keith Wallace received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and did his postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. His seminal papers published in Science, the American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American, showed that Transcendental Meditation technique, produced a fourth major state of consciousness different than waking, sleeping, or dreaming.

Dr. Wallace was the founding President of Maharishi University of Management and established the first Maharishi AyurVeda Clinics in the United States. He has traveled worldwide giving lectures at major universities and institutes on Maharishi’s consciousness-based health programs.

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