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 (except where noted otherwise).

2021 - 2022

January 13, 2022

11:00 a.m. (PST) Via Zoom

Speaker: Roy Ben-Shalom, Assistant Professor in Neurology and the MIND Institute, UC Davis

Title: “Simulating neurodevelopmental disorders: from the channel to the circuit” (PDF)

Host: Julie Bossuyt, Ph.D.

Joint Seminar - Pharmacology & Physiology & Membrane Biology


February 15, 2022

11:00 a.m. (PST) Via Zoom

Speaker: Michael Burton, Assistant Professor of Department of Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas

Title: "Cell and Sex-Specific effects of TLR4 in Neuroimmune interactions in acute pain states” (PDF)

Host: Elva Diaz, Ph.D.


March 15, 2022

Speaker: Jin Zhang, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

Title: “Illuminating the Biochemical Activity Architecture of the Cell” (PDF)

Hosts: Madeline Nieves-Cintron, Ph.D. and Lin Tian, Ph.D.

Joint Seminar - Pharmacology & Biochemistry


April 19, 2022

Speaker: Jennifer Davis, Associate Professor, Departments of Lab Medicine and Pathology & Bioengineering, Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Biology, Associate Director of The Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Title: "Regulators of Cardiac Fibroblast Fate & Fibrosis" (PDF)

Host: Julie Bossuyt, Ph.D.


May 3, 2022

Speaker: Robert Edwards, Professor, M.D., Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco

Title: "The Frequency Dependence of Neurotransmitter Release" (PDF)

Host: Johannes W. Hell, Ph.D.


May 17, 2022

Speaker: Nikki Posnack, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Dept of Pharmacology and Physiology, The George Washington University

Title: "Plastic – not so fantastic. Evaluating medical device biocompatibility using cardiac models" (PDF)

Host: Crystal Ripplinger, Ph.D.

November 2, 2021

11:00 a.m. (PST) Via Zoom

SpeakerGabriela Popescu, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Lecture: “NMDA Receptors as Calcium Channels” (PDF)

Host: Johannes W. Hell, Ph.D.