Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience

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   Ronaldo P. Ferraris, PHD, M.S.


Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience



Dr Ferraris received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology (Xavier
University, Philippines) and Zoology (University of Hawaii) then worked briefly for
international development agencies serving Southeast Asia. Political upheaval in his
native Philippines forced an early career shift, and he was fortunate to receive a
postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in Professor Jared Diamond?s laboratory to
study the intestinal epithelium and identify the cell types able to perceive luminal
signals that ultimately determine site density of sugar transporters. This sparked
his lifelong interest in studying integrative regulatory processes involving nutrient
transport and metabolism. He is currently using intestinal organoids to determine
whether pure cultures of intestinal stem and of terminally differentiated absorptive
cells can perceive and respond to luminal signals


PHD, 1982, University of Hawaii
M.S., 1977, University of Hawaii
B.S., 1974, Xavier University, Philippines