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About Carlos A. Villalba-Galea

At Pacific Since: 2016

Carlos A. Villalba-Galea, PhD is originally from Venezuela. He earned a bachelor of science in biology from Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1998 and a doctor of philosophy in physiology and biophysics from Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas in 2004, both supervised by Ariel L. Escobar, PhD. From 2000 to 2002, he was an international visiting scholar in the Department of Physiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Later, from 2002 to 2006, he underwent postdoctoral training in neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center under George J. Augustine, PhD. During that time, he conducted research at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In 2003, he was a Fellow of the Grass Foundation at Marine Biological Laboratory.

Dr. Villalba-Galea also conducted postdoctoral training in biophysics at The University of Chicago from 2006 through 2009, where he joined the lab of Francisco Bezanilla, PhD. There, he studied the dynamics of voltage sensitive proteins using a combination of electrical and optical recording techniques.  Before coming to Pacific, he was an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Villalba-Galea joined the Pacific faculty in 2016.  

He has been a member of the Biophysical Society since 1998 and the Sociedad de Biofísicos Latinoamericanos, the Latin American Biophysical Society, since 2001. His research focuses on drug interactions at the molecular level. As mutations can affect the interactions between drugs and their target, his goal is to contribute to the development of drugs that are patient-specific.  

Dr. Villalba-Galea enjoys playing and coaching baseball. His children share his love of the sport and he has coached their teams. Dr. Villalba-Galea is committed to contributing to his community in a variety of ways. In addition to playing on community baseball teams, he has been involved in local theater production. He also loves to go camping and to play water polo. What he misses most about his home country is his family and the food. He enjoys cooking and he creates traditional Venezuelan dishes for a taste of home.


2016 - Present Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
2009 - 2016 Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
2006 - 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate, University of Chicago
2002 - 2006 Research Associate, Duke University ‐ Medical Center
2002 - 2005 Visiting Researcher, Marine Biological Laboratories
2000 - 2002 International Visiting Scholar, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013-2015 KL2 Scholar. Center for Clinical and Translational Research. VCU – NIH – NCATS
  • 2012 Keystone Symposia Early Career Investigator Travel Award. Keystone Symposia Conference, “Synapses and Circuits: From Formation to Disease.”
  • 2008 Carl Storm Fellowship. Gordon Research Conference
  • 2003 Grant. National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Teragrid. Proposal: “Activity of Ryanodine Receptor during Calcium Release”
  • 2003 Grass Fellowship in Neuroscience. Grass Foundation, Braintree-Woods Hole, MA
  • 2000 Fellowship. V Escuela Latinoamericana de Neurociencias. Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1998-1999 Fellowship. Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas. Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1998 Defended with honor. B.S. Thesis. Advisor: Dr. Ariel L.M. Escobar


  • PHRM122 - Physiology and Pathophysiology I
  • PHRM135 - Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry I


2006 - 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Biophysics, University of Chicago
2002 - 2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology, Duke University
2004 Ph.D., Physiology and Biophysics, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas
1998 B.S., Biology, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Contact Information

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Phone: 209.932.3190


Articles (23)

Journal articles written by Dr. Carlos A. Villalba-Galea.

Presentations (51)

Conference proceedings, presentations, posters, abstracts, and lectures given by Dr. Carlos A. Villalba-Galea.