University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology

Bio for Gerald Herrera
Gerald Herrera

Gerald Herrera


Contact Information

Website

http://www.med-associates.com/

Education

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

Publications

Herrera, G.M. and Nelson, M.T. Differential regulation of SK and BK channels by Ca2+ signals from Ca2+ channels and ryanodine receptors in guinea-pig urinary bladder myocytes. J. Physiol. 541: 483-492, 2002.
Petkov, G.V., T.J. Heppner, A.D. Bonev, G.M. Herrera, and M.T. Nelson. Low levels of KATP channel activation decrease excitability and spontaneous phasic contractions of guinea pig urinary bladder smooth muscle. Am. J. Physiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol. 280: R1427-R1433, 2001.
Herrera, G.M., T.J. Heppner, and M.T. Nelson. 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, 2001.
Herrera, G.M., T.J. Heppner, and M.T. Nelson. 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, 2000.
Herrera, G.M., B.R. Walker. Involvement of L-type calcium channels in hypoxic relaxation of vascular smooth muscle. J. Vasc. Res. 35: 265-273, 1998.
Herrera, G.M., T.C. Resta, J.J. Candelaria, and B.R. Walker. Maintained vasodilatory response to cromakalim following inhibition of NO synthesis. J. Cardiovasc. Pharmacol. 31: 921-929, 1998.
Eichinger, M.R., T.C. Resta, D.S. Balderrama, G.M. Herrera, L.A. Richardson, J.M. Resta, and B.R. Walker. Glibenclamide does not reverse attenuated vasoreactivity due to acute or chronic hypoxia. J. Appl. Physiol. 79: 1173-1180, 1995.
Invited Commentaries:
Nelson, M.T. and Herrera, G.M. Protecting the heart. Nature 416: 273-274, 2002.
Reviews:
Herrera, G.M. and Nelson, M.T. SR and membrane currents. Novartis Found. Symp. 246:189-203, 2002.
Kotlikoff, M.I., Herrera, G., and Nelson, M.T. Calcium permeant ion channels in smooth muscle. Rev. Physiol. Biochem. Pharmacol. 134: 147-199, 1999.
Herrera, G.M., Pozo, M.J., Zvara, P., Petkov, G.V., Bond, C.T., Adelman, J.P., and Nelson, M.T. Urinary bladder instability induced by selective suppression of the murine small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK3) channel. J. Physiol. 551: 893-903, 2003. First Published Online June 17, 2003, 10.113/jphysiol.jphysiol.2003.045914.
Peer Reviewed Papers:
Herrera, G.M., Nausch, B., Etherton, B., Nelson, M.T. Negative feedback regulation of nerve-mediated contractions by KCa channels in mouse urinary bladder smooth muscle. Am. J. Physiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol. In Press, 2005.