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May 2, 2022

Barrett to present Anatomy and Physiology Seminar

Submitted by Gail Eyestone

The last Anatomy and Physiology Seminar for this semester will be Tuesday, May 3, by Kim E. Barrett, vice dean for research in the School of Medicine at the University of California-Davis. She will present "Salmonella and gut epithelial homeostasis: possible mechanisms of diarrheal disease" at 4 p.m. in the Mara Conference Center, 407 Trotter Hall.

In her position at UC-Davis, Barrett leads initiatives to bolster both basic and clinical research activities. She is responsible for working with faculty, chairs and center directors to refine the school’s research strategy, oversight of medical school research facilities on the Sacramento and Davis campuses, and promoting interdisciplinary collaborations both across the school and by leveraging the unique strengths of the broader university.

With support from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, Barrett’s research interests have centered on the physiology and pathophysiology of the intestinal epithelium and their relevance to inflammatory bowel diseases and diarrheal diseases. Her scientific accomplishments have garnered many awards, including the Bowditch and Davenport Lectureships of the American Physiological Society; receipt of the degree of Doctor of Medical Science, honoris causa, from Queens University Belfast; the Bayliss/Starling Lectureship of The Physiological Society of UK and Ireland; and most recently, the Distinguished Achievement in Basic Science award from the American Gastroenterological Association. She has also been highly active in scholarly publishing and most recently served as editor-in-chief for The Journal of Physiology.

Barrett is a native of the United Kingdom and obtained her bachelor's and doctorate degrees from University College London. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she joined the faculty of the University of California San Diego in 1985. From 2006-2016, she also served as dean of the Graduate Division at UC San Diego. She served as the rotating 2020-2021 director of the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation.


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