Welcome Dr. Luis Fernando Santana, Co-Director for M.D./Ph.D. Program

Dr. Santana has a long-standing interest in cardiac and vascular biology with an emphasis on excitation-contraction coupling and excitation-transcription coupling. Dr. Santana’s approach to science is multi-disciplinary, involving state-of-the-art biophysical, electrophysiological, imaging, cellular, molecular, and, more recently, computational approaches. He has discovered multiple kinds of Ca2+ signaling modalities and is now focused on how they control cardiac and arterial smooth muscle function.

As a Puerto Rican, Dr. Santana has worked hard to ensure that through his teaching, research, and outreach activities he contributes to the creation of a diverse academic community. He has over fifteen years of experience in graduate and medical education, including teaching courses in biophysics, cell signaling, and cardiovascular physiology. Dr. Santana has mentored multiple postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and MSTP students.

To learn more, please visit the UC Davis Health Newsroom

2019 Big Bang! Business Competition

2019 Big Bang! Business Competition presented by the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

RSVP for the Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony

Congratulations, our very own Anna Sadovnikova’s team has been selected as a finalist in the UC Davis Big Bang competition! Also, congratulations to Ruth Lee’s team for being a semi-finalist!

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical, Veterinary and Dental Students at U.S. Schools

In order to encourage more students to pursue careers as physician-scientists, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers an outstanding year-long research training program for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs are not eligible to apply. 

For 2nd and 3rd Year Students:

1) HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, veterinary, and dental students to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States except government agencies. HHMI will award 60 fellowships in 2017.

Applicants must have prior wet-lab research experience. Mentor selection and research proposal preparation are key components of the application process.

For the 2017-2018 program year, Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance, relocation expenses, if applicable, and some education-related expenses; and a $5,500 research allowance for conference travel and research-related enrichment activities. The online application is open.  Deadline is January 11, 2017.

Additional Medical Fellows conducting research in the following areas may be supported by organizations partnering with HHMI.

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy research (Partner: Duchenne Research Fund);
  • Epilepsy research (Partner: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy);
  • Genetics research (Partner: American Society of Human Genetics); mentor must be ASHG member;
  • Inherited retinal degenerative disease research (Partner: Foundation

Fighting Blindness);

  • Orthopaedic research (Partner: Orthopaedic Research and Education


  • Parkinson’s disease research (Partner: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation);
  • Preclinical research in interventional radiology (Partner: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation); mentor must be SIR member;
  • Veterinary student research (Partner: Burroughs Wellcome Fund).

The application process is the same for partner-funded fellowships. Students will designate their interest in a partnership-funded fellowship in the HHMI application.

2) The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia offers students with an interest in fundamental neuroscience and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, a world-class research center in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a prescreening application by November 1, 2016 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements.