University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology

Bio for Gerald Herrera
Gerald Herrera

Gerald Herrera

Contact Information


Positions Held

2007-Present  President, Catamount Research and Development, Inc.
2005-Present  Vice President, Research and Development, Med Associates, Inc.
2004-Present  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, University of Vermont


University of New Mexico, 5/93 to 5/97, B.S. Biology (Animal Physiology), May 1997 Advisors: B.R. Walker (Dept. of Physiology), E.C. Toolson (Dept. of Biology)
University of Vermont, 7/97 to 4/01, PhD Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, May 2001 Advisor: M.T. Nelson
Dissertation title: Regulation of urinary bladder smooth muscle function by subcellular calcium signals and calcium-dependent potassium channels

Awards and Honors

5/93-5/94 Dean’s List, University College, University of New Mexico
8/93-5/97 Presidential Scholarship, University of New Mexico, 8/93-5/97
8/94-5/97 Semester Honor Roll, College of Arts and Sciences, University of New Mexico
5/94 Excellence in Undergraduate French Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of New Mexico
5/95 1994-1995 Merck Index Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Chemistry Student, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico
8/95 First place in University of New Mexico MBRS/MARC Student Presentation Day Competition
3/96 Best Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation, Fifth Annual Biology Research Day, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
4/96 NIDDK Minority Travel Award, Experimental Biology 96
9/96 Scholarship Recipient, IX Annual International Vascular Biology Meeting
1997 Presidential Fellowship, Minority Education Division, The Graduate School, University of Washington, Awarded but declined
1997 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities, Awarded but declined
4/97 NIDDK Minority Travel Award, Experimental Biology 97
4/97 Special Award: Three Years of Excellence in Oral Presentation, Sixth Annual Biology Research Day, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
5/97 Most Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, Biological Society of New Mexico
5/97 Bachelor of Science Magna cum laude in Biology, Department of Biology, Summa cum laude University of New Mexico
6/97-1/00 National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship
4/98 APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award, Experimental Biology 98
4/99 APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award, Experimental Biology 99
4/99 Proctor & Gamble Professional Opportunity Award, APS Cell & Molecular Physiology Section, Experimental Biology 99
5/99 First Place in Graduate/Medical Student Research Forum, University of Vermont
4/00 APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award, Experimental Biology 2000
5/00 Third Place in Graduate/Medical Student Research Forum, University of Vermont
4/01 APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award, Experimental Biology 2001
12/02 Travel Award to attend 10th Annual Society for Basic Urological Research Fall Meeting
2003  Special Award for Recognition of Devoted Service, DeGoesbriand Council 279 Knights of Columbus, Burlington, VT
2006  Nominated for Family of the Year Award, Vermont State Council Knights of Columbus


2015  White RS, Zemen BG, Khan Z, Montgomery JR, Herrera GM, Meredith AL.  Evaluation of mouse urinary bladder smooth muscle for diurnal differences in contractile properties.  Front Pharmacol.  doi:  10.3389/fphar.2014.00293.  PMID:  25620932, PMCID:  PMC4288323

2014  Zvarova K, Herrera GM, May V, Vizzard MA.  Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide (CARTp):  distribution and function in rat urinary bladder.  J Mol Neurosci.  doi:  10.1007/s12031-014-0302-y.  PMID:  24740629, PMCID:  PMC4454392

2012  Marquez F, Herrera GM, Campo T, Cotto M, Duconge J, Sanz JM, Elizalde E, Perales O, Morant C.  Prepartion of hollow magnetite microspheres and their applications as drugs carriers.  Nanoscale Res Lett.  doi:  10.1186/1556-276X-7-210.  PMID:  22490731, PMCID:   PMC3388010

2010  Anagnostaras SG, Wood SC, Shuman T, Cai DJ, Leduc AD, Zurn KR, Zurn JB, Sage JR, Herrera GM.  Automated assessment of pavlovian conditioned freezing and shock reactivity in mice using the video freeze system.  Front Behav Neurosci.  doi:  10.3389/fnbeh.2010.00158.  PMID:  20953248, PMCID:  PMC2955491

2010  Herrera GM, Meredith AL.  Diurnal variation in urodynamics of rat.  PLoS One.  doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0012298.  PMID:  20808873, PMCID:  PMC2924395

2006  Herera GM, Braas KM, May V, Vizzard MA.  PACAP enhances mouse urinary bladder contractility and is upregulated in micturition reflex pathways after cystitis.  Ann N Y Acad Sci.  doi:  10.1196/annals.1317.040.  PMID:  16888187

2005  Herrera GM, Etherton B, Nausch B, Nelson MT.  Negative feedback regulation of nerve-mediated contractions by KCa channels in mouse urinary bladder smooth muscle.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol.  doi:  10.1152/ajpregu.00488.2004.  PMID:  15845880

2003  Heppner TJ, Herrera GM, Bonev AD, Hill-Eubanks D, Nelson MT.  Ca2+ sparks and K(Ca) channels:  novel mechanisms to relax urinary bladder smooth muscle.  Adv Exp Med Biol. 2003: 539(Pt A):  347-357.  PMID:  15088917

2003  Herrera GM, Pozo MJ, Zvara P, Petkov GV, Bond CT, Adelman JP, Nelson MT.  Urinary bladder instability induced by selective suppression of the murine small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK3) channel.  J Physiol. doi:  10.1113/jhysiol.2003.045914.  PMID:  12164309, PMCID:  PMC2343290.

2002  Herrera GM, Nelson MT.  Sarcoplasmic reticulum and membrane currents.  Novartis Found Symp.  2002; 246: 189-203; discussion 203-7, 221-7.  PMID:  12164309

2002  Herrera GM, Nelson MT. Differential regulation of SK and BK channels by Ca2+ signals from Ca2+ channels and ryanodine receptors in guinea-pig urinary bladder myocytes. J. Physiol.  doi:  10:113/jphysiol.2002.017707.  PMID: 12042353, PMCID:  PMC2290319

2002  Nelson MT, Herrera GM.  Molecular physiology:  protecting the heart.  Nature. PMID:  11907561

2001  Petkov GV, Heppner TJ, Bonev AD, Herrera GM, Nelson MT. Low levels of K(ATP) channel activation decrease excitability and contractibility of urinary bladder. Am. J. Physiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol. 280: R1427-R1433.  PMID:  11294764

2001  Herrera GM, Heppner TJ, Nelson MT.  Voltage-dependence of the coupling strength of Ca2+ sparks to BKCa channels in urinary bladder smooth muscle. Am. J. Physiol. Cell Physiol. 280: C481-C490.  PMiD:  11171567

2000  Herrera GM, Heppner TJ, Nelson MT.  Regulation of urinary bladder smooth muscle contractions by ryanodine receptors and BK and SK channels.  Am. J. Physiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol. 279: R60-R68.  PMID:  10896865

1999  Kotlikoff MI, Herrera G, Nelson MT.  Calcium permeant ion channels in smooth muscle.  Rev. Physiol. Biochem. Pharmacol. 134: 147.  PMID:  1087909

1998  Herrera GM, Walker BR.  Involvement of L-type calcium channels in hypoxic relaxation of vascular smooth muscle. J. Vasc. Res. 35: 265-273.  PMID:  9701711

1998  Herrera GM, Resta TC, Candelaria JJ, and Walker BK.  Maintained vasodilatory response to cromakalim following inhibition of NO synthesis. J. Cardiovasc. Pharmacol. 31: 921-929.  PMID:  9641478

1995  Eichinger MR, Resta TC, Balderrama DS, Herrera GM, Richardson LA, Resta JM, B.R. Walker BR. Glibenclamide does not reverse attenuated vasoreactivity due to acute or chronic hypoxia. J. Appl. Physiol. 79: 1173-1180.  PMID:  8567559