Nirmala Hariharan

Nirmala Hariharan

Position Title
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine

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.

Research Interests

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

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Honors and Awards

  • 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

    Professional Societies

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


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


    Refer "List of Publications" link under Website