Paul H. Ratz

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA


Paul H. Ratz was born in Philadelphia, Pa, USA, in 1955. He received a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa, USA, 1977, and a Ph.D. degree in physiology at Hershey Medical Center (USA) in 1982. His postdoctoral fellowship training was in cardiovascular pharmacology at McNeil Pharmaceutical Corporation (USA) and vascular physiology and biochemistry at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va, USA. His current position is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va, USA. Over the past 15 years, his research effort has focused on studying mechanisms regulating calcium-dependent and calcium-independent vascular smooth muscle contractions, especially calcium sensitization involving rho kinase and protein kinase C, length-dependent regulation of active and passive tensions, and arterial down regulation. Disorders of interest include vascular hypercontractility as seen in vasospasm and hypertension, and in vascular responsiveness in vasodilatory shock. Paul has been on numerous National Institutes of Health study sections, served on American Heart Association study sections for 10 years and was study section chair in 2007. He has been funded for 10 years by the National Institutes of Health and has received numerous American Heart Association grants. Paul has received several institutional teaching awards. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Pharmacology and is a Member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Physiology.

Biography Updated on 22 March 2011

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