Nirmala Hariharan

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Assistant Adjunct Professor


Pharmacology - Medicine

Offices and Labs

GBSF 3202

Profile Introduction

My research focus is on Molecular Cardiology. I am interested in understanding the regulation of molecular pathways in the aged heart and the mechanisms by which cardiac stem and progenitor cells alter with age. To achieve this goal, my lab works on a mouse model of early cardiac aging, which exhibits clinical manifestations of the human cardiac aging syndrome. We have isolated cardiac progenitor cells from these mice and are working to identify fundamental cellular and molecular differences between young and old stem cells. We hope that our findings will lead to the identification of strategies to antagonize myocardial aging and enhance rejuvenation.


2011 PhD Cell Biology & Molecular Medicine University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (currently known as Rutgers New Jersey Medical School)
2005 M.Sc (Hons.) Biological Sciences Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India
2005 B.E (Hons.) Chemical Engineering Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India

Research Interests

Molecular signaling pathways regulating myocardial aging and cardiac stem/progenitor cell maintentance, autophagy


2016 International Society for Heart Research-North American Section Travel Grant
2016 Academic Senate Research Travel Grant, UC Davis
2015 Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Abstract Travel Grant, American Heart Association
2015 Beginning Grant In Aid, Western States Affiliate, American Heart Association
2014 Finalist, Melvin L Marcus Young Investigator Award in Cardiovascular Sciences, American Heart Association
2014 Finalist, Young Investigator Award, International Society for Heart Research – North American Section
2012 Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conference – Basic Cardiovascular Sciences
2012 Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Travel Award for Young Investigators, American Heart Association
2012 Western States Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association
2011 Most Downloaded Original Research Article Award, Circulation Research, American Heart Association
2011 Best Manuscript Award, Circulation Research, American Heart Association
2015 Innovative Development Award, Academic Federation, UC Davis


American Heart Association
International Society for Heart Research
Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Women in Medicine and Health Sciences, UC Davis, CA

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology


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