University of California, Riverside

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Division of Biomedical Sciences


Biomedical Sciences Faculty

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Devin Binder

Devin Binder

Understanding the devastating secondary effects of traumatic brain injuries. His lab has discovered brain swelling can be detected much earlier than currently possible, which is groundbreaking for emergency medicine.

Monica Carson

Monica Carson

Microglia and CNS Immunity:  roles in brain health, neurodevelopmental & neurodegenerative disorders.

Djurdjica Coss

Djurdjica Coss

Understanding how the endocrine cell integrates the panoply of neuroendocrine and peripheral hormonal signals, in addition to metabolic cues and environmental insults, to result in the precise rhythm of synthesis and a delicate balance of hormones that regulate homeostasis.

Nicholas V. DiPatrizio

Nicholas V. DiPatrizio

Elucidating the integrative neurobiology and physiology that controls food reward, sensory processing, and energy balance.

Iryna Ethell

Iryna Ethell

In our laboratory we are interested in understanding how the neuronal network develops and applying these principles to identifying the mechanistic perturbations which underlie various neuropathologies such as mental retardation and the autism spectrum of disorders.

Byron D. Ford

Byron D. Ford

My laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of stroke and acute brain injuries. We investigate the neuroprotective roles of neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) and other compounds in stroke and other acute neuroinflammatory disorders.

Martín I. García-Castro

Martín I. García-Castro

Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the formation and differentiation potential of neural crest cells.

Markus Kaul

Markus Kaul

Studying the role of lipocalin-2 and cysteinyl leukotrienes in HIV-associated neuronal injury and researching neuroprotection by IFN-beta in AIDS to characterize the neuroprotective effect of IFNβ against toxicity of HIV/gp120.

David Lo

David Lo

Study of the basic developmental biology of mucosal immune tissue, CD4 T cell homeostatic regulation, and the role of relB in the regulation of NF-kappaB activity and cellular differentiation.

Christian Y. Lytle

Christian Y. Lytle

Gastrointestinal fluid and electrolyte transport in health and disease.

Declan McCole

Declan McCole

Mechanisms involved in regulation of epithelial barrier function, with particular emphasis on the dysfunction of the epithelial barrier that occurs in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Meera G. Nair

Meera G. Nair

Macrophage function in mucosal immunity and inflammation.

Tara Nordgren

Tara M. Nordgren

The role of omega-3 fatty acid-derived lipid mediators in inflammation resolution.

Maurizio Pellecchia

Maurizio Pellecchia

We develop drug discovery technologies that combine modern biophysical approaches to characterize drug-protein interactions, with synthetic chemistry and cell biology. Our ultimate goal is to develop novel agents that form the basis for innovative therapeutics to treat cancer, neurodegeneration, and potentially other diseases.

Neal L. Schiller

Neal L. Schiller

Analysis of the microbial physiology, genetics, immunobiology and pathogenesis of several bacterial agents.

Seema K. Tiwari-Woodruff

Seema K. Tiwari-Woodruff

Mechanisms of demyelination-induced neurodegeneration and therapeutic neuroprotection.

Ameae M. Walker

Ameae M. Walker

The growth factor activities of the hormone prolactin.

Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson

Mechanism of inflammation in the CNS.

Sika Zheng

Sika Zheng

Genetic control of brain development by post-transcriptional gene regulation and non-coding RNA. How mis-regulation in RNA splicing and decay contribute to various neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.


Emeriti Faculty

Meet the emeriti faculty of the Division of Biomedical Sciences.

Mary Ann Baker

Mary Ann Baker (Emeritus)

Thermoregulation of the brain and body, estrogen replacement, and other neurobiology and neuroscience-based research.

Craig Byus

Craig Byus (Emeritus)

Understanding the the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, particularly as this process relates to cancer.

Kathryn DeFea

Kathryn DeFea

Signaling by protease-activated receptors, with particular emphasis on the molecular mechanisms by which they direct cell motility, regulate epithelial tight junctions and how these events contribute to inflammatory processes and tumor cell metastasis.

David A. Johnson

David A. Johnson (Emeritus)

The central focus of the laboratory is toward the development and the use of quantitative fluorescence spectroscopic methods to understand at a molecular level how drugs and proteins work.

Richard Luben

Richard Luben (Emeritus)

Studies of hormone responsiveness in bone cells; signal transduction mechanisms in bone and connective tissue; gene expression in bone cells; effects of electromagnetic fields on hormone responses.

Anthony W. Norman

Anthony W. Norman (Emeritus)

Mechanism of action of steroid hormones, in particular, cholecalciferol (vitamin D); calcium and phosphorus homeostasis; molecular endocrinology.

Paul Quinton

Paul Quinton

Abnormalities of fluid transport expressed in the genetic disease, cystic fibrosis.

Daniel Straus

Daniel Straus (Emeritus)

Research focuses on an improved understanding of molecular mechanisms for regulation of mammalian gene expression. We are currently studying the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity of ligands for the PPAR nuclear receptors.

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