Damian Genetos

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Associate Professor/ Associate Professor-in-Residence


Vet. Anatomy & Cell Biology

Offices and Labs

2207 Vet Med 3B Davis, CA 95616
+1 530 754 0146


2005 Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Physiology Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
2002 M.S. Cellular and Integrative Physiology Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
1999 B.A. (Hon) Physics, History Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Research Interests

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of skeletal homeostasis

Dr. Genetos’s research focuses upon the mechanisms whereby bone cells respond to biophysical signals present during skeletal development, repair, and daily activity. Using both in vitro models for mechanical loading and in vivo transgenic or knockout mouse models, current research focuses include 1) the interaction of mechanical and chemical signals upon skeletal homeostasis; 2) diseases involving the skeletal system, including ectopic calcification within the vasculature, or mechanisms of prostate cancer osteosclerosis.


2001-2004, NASA Pre-doctoral fellow
2002, Young Investigator award, Fourth Bone Fluid Flow Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008-2011, NIH Individual National Research Service Award
2009, Research award, 2009 Gordon Research Conference on Atherosclerosis, Tilton, NH

Department and Center Affiliations

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


Orthopaedic Research Society
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Signal Transduction
Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Molecular Physiology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Comparative Pathology


APC/NPB 100/123 Comp Vert Organology (Winter)