Jorge E. Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology,
UC Davis School of Medicine


  • Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
  • Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Past President of Latin American Biophysical Society (SOBLA)

Educational Qualifications

  • B.S., Biology. School of Biological Sciences, Catholic University of Chile
  • Ph.D., Physiology Graduate Program, School of Biological Sciences, Catholic University of ChileThesis: Biophysical properties of Connexin43 hemichannels: Possible role in cell death induced by ischemia. 
    Sponsor: Michael V.L. Bennett, D. Phil., and Juan Carlos Saez, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Neurophysiology Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
    Sponsor: Miguel Holmgren, Ph.D.


  • Student Travel Award, CONICYT, Gap Junction Conference Hawaii, USA
  • PhD Dissertation Honor Recognition, The Chilean Academy of Sciences
  • Predoctoral fellowship, CONICYT, Chile
  • Predoctoral fellowship, Kirby Foundation
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE), National Institutes of Health
  • Grass Fellowship for Neurophysiology, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Visiting Scientist Fellowship for research at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL)
  • Member, NIH Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling (NTRC)
  • Excellence in Research Award, New Jersey Health Foundation