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Distinguished Lecture Series in Physiology

Each year the Department of Physiology invites distinguished researchers to present their work on topics broadly related to physiology. 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. Seminars will be on Thursdays at 12 p.m. in GBSF Auditorium and Zoom.

Contact: Jorge Contreras <>, Theanne Griffith <>.

2023 Seminars

January 12, 2023

Speaker: Mariajose Metcalfe, Ph.D., Project Scientist, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine

Title: "Consequences of AAV-retro mediated deletion of PTEN following cervical spinal cord injury in mice." (PDF)

January 19, 2023

Speaker: David MacLean, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester Medical Center

Title: "Activation and desensitization mechanisms of acid-sensing ion channels" (PDF)

February 2, 2023

Speaker: Justin Taraska, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Biochemistry and Biophysics Center, NHLBI, NIH

Title: "Imaging the structure of the plasma membrane with correlative light and electron microscopy" (PDF)

February 16, 2023

Speaker: Baron Chanda, Ph.D., Professor, Anesthesiology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University in Saint Louis

Title: "Probing Allostery in ion channels at single molecule resolution" (PDF)

April 6, 2023

Speaker: Amy Lee, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Texas - Austin

Title: "Caldendrin: a multi-functional regulator of ion channels in sensory neurons" (PDF)

April 27, 2023

Speaker: Yun Lyna Luo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology, Western University of Health Sciences

Title: "Multiscale molecular dynamics simulation studies of mechanosensitive Piezo1 channel" (PDF)

May 4, 2023

Speaker: Leigh Anne Swayne, Ph.D. , Professor, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria, Medical Sciences

Title: "Form and function in excitable cells: investigating crosstalk between the cytoskeleton and channel proteins in brain and heart health and disease" (PDF)