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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. (unless otherwise noted) in GBSF Auditorium and Zoom.

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

2024 Seminars

January 18, 2024

Speaker: Jonathan Satin, Ph.D., Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Title: “Rad in the heart: from L-type channel modulation to cardiac function and adaptation” (PDF)

March 7, 2024

Speaker: : Theodore J. Price, Ph.D., Ashbel Smith Professor, School of Behavior and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

Title: "Molecular Signatures of Human Nociceptors" (PDF)

March 21, 2024

Speaker: Andrew Shih, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Bioengineering, University of Washington

Title: "Optical dissection of brain capillary function" (PDF)

March 28, 2024

Speaker: Brant Isakson, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia, (joint seminar with Pharmacology)

Title: "Ma pannexins changed the channel" (PDF)

April 4, 2024

Speaker: Jonathan Silva, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Title: "Precision Medicine in Cardiac Electrophysiology" (PDF)

April 18, 2024

Speaker: Lisa Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

Title: "In-Cell Protein Footprinting Coupled with Mass Spectometry for Structural Biology Across the Proteome" (PDF)

May 16, 2024

Speaker: Swetha Murthy, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist/Professor, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University

Title: "How do cells sense force, and its importance" (PDF)

May 30, 2024

Speaker: Joyce Bischoff, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery, Harvard University

Title: "Endothelial Anomalies in Vascular Tumors and Vascular Malformations" (PDF)