Frontiers in Pharmacology Lecture Series

Each year the Department of Pharmacology invites distinguished researchers to present their work on topics broadly related to pharmacology. Topics range from those closely aligned with the research interests of the department to areas of interest to researchers across the UC Davis campus and the UC Davis School of Medicine. All seminars are held in the Genome Building Auditorium at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays (per schedule below).

2019 - 2020

September 12, 2019

Special Seminar
4:30 p.m.

Speaker: Matthew B. Dalva, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Director, Jefferson Synaptic Biology Center, Thomas Jefferson University

Lecture:Synapse formation and plasticity: effects of biological-sex and synaptic nanostructure” (PDF)

Host: Elva Diaz, Ph.D.


September 17, 2019

Speaker: Maria Kurnikova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University

Lecture:Deciphering Molecular Mechanisms of the Glutamate Receptor Function”  (PDF)

Host: Elva Diaz, Ph.D.


October 15, 2019

Speaker: Zixi (Jack) Cheng, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

Lecture: “Structural and Functional Mapping of Brain-Heart Connection and Remodeling” (PDF)

Host: Chao-Yin Chen, Ph.D.


November 5, 2019

Speaker: Manu Ben-Johny, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

Lecture: "Tuning calmodulin feedback of calcium and sodium channels in health and disease" (PDF)

Host: Johannes W. Hell, Ph.D.


December 3, 2019

Speaker: Joshua I Goldhaber, M.D., Director, Division of Applied Cell Biology and Physiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Lecture: "Cardiac calcium regulation in mice with genetically modified calcium efflux proteins and in rats with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction" (PDF)

Host: Leighton Izu, Ph.D.

January 21, 2020

Speaker: Thomas M. Vondriska, Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine & Physiology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Host: Julie Bossuyt, Ph.D.


March 17, 2020

Speaker: Cam Ha Tran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

Host: Madeline Nieves-Cintron, Ph.D.


April 21, 2020

Speaker: Jerod Denton, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University

Host: Heike Wulff, Ph.D.


May 19, 2020

Speaker: Erika Boerman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department Med Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Missouri

Host: Manuel Navedo, Ph.D.


June 23, 2020

Speaker: Federica Accornero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

Host: Crystal Ripplinger, Ph.D.