Dr. Hemal Patel, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at University of California, San Diego; Director, UCSD Cardiac/Neuro Protection Laboratories; Research Pharmacologist, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Hemal H. Patel, PhD Dr. Patel was born in 1975 in India. He moved to the United States at the age of 6 and grew up in the Midwest. He has a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following his graduate studies, in 2002 he began a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the UCSD under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Insel. In 2005, Dr. Patel became a junior faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology at UCSD. He quickly developed independence and made the unique observation that membrane microdomains (enriched in caveolin) regulate cardiovascular function. His research has expanded to explore this relationship in ischemia-reperfusion injury, heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy, cardiac aging, and cancer.

He is currently Full Professor and serves as the Vice Chair for Research in the department. He runs a vibrant research program that includes budding scientists at many levels including high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, Anesthesiology residents, research scientist, and junior faculty members.

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