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Michael Calahan, chair, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Michael D. Cahalan
Distinguished Professor and Chair

Research interests: Ion channels, calcium signaling, cell interaction dynamics in the immune system.
Cahalan Lab


Geoffrey Abbott, professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Geoffrey Abbott

Research interests: Ion channel, KCNE, molecular pharmacology, epithelial biology, cardiac arrhythmia
Abbott Lab

Kevin Beier, assistant professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Kevin T. Beier
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Neuroscience, neural circuits, neural plasticity, molecular neuroscience, behavior, technique development, viral-genetic 
Beier Lab

Huw Davies, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

D. Huw Davies
Assistant Adjunct Professor 

Research interests: vaccines, adjuvants, influenza, poxviruses, preclinical studies
Vaccine Research & Development Center

Philip Felgner, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Phil Felgner 
Adjunct Professor

Research interests: Vaccines, gene therapy, drug delivery, liposomes, biophysics, protein microarray, epidemiology
Vaccine Research & Development Center

Jay Gargus, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

J. Jay Gargus
Professor and Director, Center for Autism Research and Translation

Research interests: Functional genomics; molecular pathophysiology of ion pumps, channels, and signaling
Center for Autism Research & Translation

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Steven Goldstein
Professor and Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs

Research interests: Ion channels, cardiac arrhythmia, sudden death, stroke, neurotoxins, hypoxia, single-molecule spectroscopy

Milton Greenberg, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Milton Greenberg
Assistant Adjunct Professor,
MedEd Course Director

Research interests: Medical physiology instruction

Michael Ryan Hicks
Assistant Professor

Research interests: human pluripotent stem cells, skeletal muscle, stem cell niche, regeneration, self-renewal, transplantation, single cell biology, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Todd Holmes, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Todd C. Holmes 
Professor and Vice Chair

Research interests: Ion channels, cellular physiology, neural circuits and behavior; circadian and visual circuits
Holmes Lab

Lan Huang, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Lan Huang

Research interests: Proteomics/mass spectrometry, protein modifications and interaction, proteasomes
UCI High-End Mass Spectrometry Facility

Huang Lab

Jin Rongsheng, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Rongsheng Jin

Research interests: Structure and function of synaptic proteins, neurotoxins and receptors, protein complexes.

Barbara Jusiak

Barbara Jusiak
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Synthetic biology, gene circuits, macrophages, cancer, Drosophila

Philip Kiser, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Philip D. Kiser
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Vision science, retinoid biochemistry, structural biology, metalloenzymes

Devon Lawson, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Devon Lawson
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Cancer, stem cells, genomics, intra-tumor heterogenity, metastasis, systems biology
Lawson Lab

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Francesco Marangoni
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Immunology, intravital multiphoton microscopy, signal transduction, bioinformatics, lentiviral and retroviral vectors, gene therapy

Mitradas Panicker

Mitradas Panicker 
Assistant Adjunct Professor 

Research interests: Role of Piezo1 in neural stem cell differentiation 

Medha Pathak, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Medha Pathak
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Piezo1, ion channels, stem cells, neural stem cells, differentiation, development, mechanical forces, matrix, environment
Pathak Lab

Eric Pearlman, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Eric Pearlman
Chancellor's Professor and Director, Institute for Immunology

Research interests: Innate immunity, bacterial infections, fungal infections, neutrophils, cornea, eye
Institute for Immunology

Hamid Said, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Hamid M. Said
Distinguished Professor 

Research interests: GI Physiology/Patho-physiology; Membrane transport and intracellular trafficking mechanisms; vitamin transport

Harinder Singh

Harinder Singh
Assistant Adjunct Professor
MedEd Course Director

Research interests: Medical physiology instruction, STEM Workforce Development, Career & Professional Development


Dorota Skowronsk-Krawczyk

Dorota Skowronsk-Krawczyk
Assistant Professor 

Research interests: Mechanism of aging, age-related macular degeneration, molecular mechanisms of glaucoma, Vision Science 

Francesco Tombola, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Francesco Tombola
Associate Professor,
Graduate Faculty Advisor

Research interests: Mechanisms of electrical and mechanical sensing in excitable cells, ion channels and receptor enzymes

Armando Villalta, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Armando Villalta
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Immune cell and organ system interactions that promote tissue injury and repair

Lisa Wagar
Assistant Professor

Research interests: human immunology, organoids, infectious diseases, vaccine development, immune microenvironments, adaptive immunity

Wagar Lab

Stephen White

Stephen H. White
Professor Emeritus on recall

Research interests: Structure of membranes and lipid bilayers; peptide-bilayer interactions; protein folding
White Lab ›

Qin Yang, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Qin Yang

Associate Professor

Research interests: Epigenetic regulation of insulin resistance and energy expenditure in obesity and type 2 diabetes

Professor Emeritus

  • Kenneth M. Baldwin (recall faculty)
    Research interests: Cellular and molecular regulation of striated muscle: exercise and hormonal alterations

  • Ralph A. Bradshaw
    Research interests: Tyrosine kinase receptor structure/function; N-terminal processing enzymes

  • K. George Chandy
    Research interests: Potassium channels in T-lymphocytes; design of immunosuppresive agents

  • James E. Hall (recall faculty)
    Research interests: Aquaporins in the lens; amyloid oligomers in Alzheimer's disease

  • Harry T. Haigler
    Research interests: Annexin calcium-binding proteins; interaction with phospholipid membranes

  • Frances Jurnak
    Research interests: Macromolecular crystallography, protein structure, elongation factor Tu, pectate lyase

  • Janos K. Lanyi (recall faculty)
    Research interests: Structure and function of bacterial rhodopsins

  • Kenneth J. Longmuir (recall faculty)
    Research interests: Novel drug delivery systems and (non-viral) gene delivery systems

  • Irwin A. Rose
    Research interests: Recycling of enzymes after catalysis

  • Larry Vickery
    Research interests: Molecular chaperones, protein structure and folding, iron-sulfur proteins
  • Albert Zlotnik
    Research interests: Chemokines, cancer metastasis, genearray analysis of human diseases and bioinformatics in immunology 

Joint Faculty Appointments

Adjunct Faculty

  • Gregory R. Adams
    Associate Adjunct Professor (recall faculty)

    Research interests: Research interests: Skeletal muscle hypertrophy, atrophy, growth factors, cytokines