Héctor Valdivia, MD, PhD
Position title: Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine; Director of UW Cardiovascular Research Center
Dr. Héctor H. Valdivia, Professor of Internal Medicine and of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, has more than 25 years of experience in the field of ion channels: he has published more than 90 refereed papers on biophysics of ion channels and reconstitution of ion channels in planar lipid bilayers; on electrophysiological and imaging methods for recording of ion channel currents, including patch-clamping, confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, epifluorescence, etc. He has published on L-type Ca channels, voltage-dependent K channels, Ca-dependent (big) K channel, and epithelial Cl channels. More recently his lab has focused efforts on cardiac excitation-contraction coupling, ryanodine receptors, and intracellular calcium homeostasis. Dr. Valdivia is an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Bioscience, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Circulation Research. He has been appointed permanent member of chartered NIH review panels: the Cellular Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (MCDN) study section (1999-2004), the Electrical Signaling, Transmission and Arrhythmias (ESTA) study section (2006-2010), and the Skeletal Muscle & Exercise Physiology (SMEP) study section (2011-2017) and has chaired several Special Emphasis Panels (2010-2012).