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.

Contact: Jorge Contreras <jecontrer@ucdavis.edu>, Theanne Griffith <tgriffith@ucdavis.edu>.

2022 Seminars

June 27, 2022

Speaker: Romulo Hurtado, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Title: "Doxorubicin induced cardiotoxicity of cardiac pacemakers" (PDF)


May 16, 2022

Speaker: Douglas Bayliss, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Title: "Properties, regulation, and functions of Pannexin 1 channels" (PDF)


May 2, 2022

Speaker: Antentor Hinton, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences

Title: "3D Reconstructions of Mouse Skeletal Muscle and Heart Muscle Reveal a Decrease in the MICOS Complex and Altered Mitochondrial Networks" (PDF)


April 11, 2022

Speaker: Bryan Copits, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pain Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Title: "Photoswitchable control of GPCR signaling" (PDF)


April 4, 2022

Speaker: Samuel Young, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Iowa

Lecture: "Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of Presynaptic Cav2 Calcium channel subtype abundance, organization, and how they regulate of neurotransmitter release" (PDF)


March 28, 2022

Speaker: Jonathan Lederer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Professor of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Title: “Electro-metabolic signaling regulates small vessel blood flow in heart” (PDF)


February 7, 2022

Speaker: Valeria Vásquez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Title: "Dietary fatty acids fine-tune neuronal and non-neuronal cells mechanical response" (PDF)


January 10, 2022

Speaker: Joyce Da Silva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Title: "Using functional MRI to study brain mechanisms underlying sex and age differences in a chronic pain model in rats" (PDF)