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Volker Vallon

Volker Vallon


  • M.D.

Current Position(s): 

  • Research Scientist VASDHS

  • Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology UCSD

Personal Statement: 

Dr. Volker Vallon is a pharmacologist, physiologist, and experimental investigator in the field of nephrology. His research characterizes the roles played by ion channels, transporters, and receptors in the cell membrane as well as intracellular signaling pathways in the biology of the kidney. He aims to integrate aspects of vascular and tubular function to gain a more integrated understanding of the heterogeneous structures and regions forming the basis for kidney function in health and disease. The Vallon lab has been continuously funded through the NIH and investigator-initiated projects supported by the pharmaceutical industry. He serves as the director of the Renal Physiology Core of the NIH-funded UAB-UCSD O’Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research. At UC San Diego, he is an active and engaged mentor and teacher, and his lab at the VAMC continuously hosts young national and international researchers and research fellows.

Professional History:

  • Research Scientist VASDHS 2003–Present

  • Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, UCSD, 2010–Present

  • Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, UCSD, 2003–2010

  • Vice-Chair, Pharmacology and Experimental Therapy, University of Tübingen 2001–2003

  • Lecturer (“Privatdozent”); Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Tübingen 1998-2003

  • Visiting Scientist, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1999-1999  

  • Habilitation in Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Tübingen, 1998

  • Board Certification as a Physician for Pharmacology and Toxicology, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 1998

  • Research Group Leader, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Tübingen, 1995-1998

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (German Research Foundation) Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Nephrology and Hypertension, UCSD, 1993-1995

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Tübingen, 1992‑1993


  • Doctoral thesis, Dept. of Medicine, Institute of Occupational Medicine, University of Tübingen, 1989–1992

  • Medical School, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1985‑1991


  • New Investigator Award in Regulatory and Integrative Physiology, American Physiological Society

  • Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology, American Physiological Society


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