Donald M. Bers, an internationally renowned expert in cardiovascular research at the cellular and molecular levels, including dysfunctions that occur in heart failure and arrhythmias, has joined UC Davis School of Medicine as chair of the Department of Pharmacology.
Pending approval by the UC Davis Academic Senate, Bers will also be the first holder of the Joseph Silva Chair for Cardiovascular Research at UC Davis
Bers has conducted research for more than three decades on the heart and is the author of the definitive book on cardiac regulation, entitled "Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Cardiac Contractile Force," published in 1991 and completely updated in 2001.
Before coming to UC Davis, Bers had served as chair of the physiology department at Loyola University Chicago since 1992.
As chair of pharmacology, Bers oversees the basic science department's nine faculty researchers and their laboratory teams who conduct research in several interrelated areas: