Héctor Valdivia

Position title: Professor - Medicine, Director - Cardiovascular Research Center

Email: hhvaldiv@medicine.wisc.edu

Phone: Phone: (608) 265-5392

RESEARCH INTERESTS - Cardiac calcium signaling and the role of ryanodine receptors as generators of calcium-dependent cardiac arrhythmias

Headshot of Dr. Hector Valdivia
Address: 8533 WIMR – 1111 Highland Ave. – Madison, WI 53705 
More Information: Dr. Valdivia’s Cardiovascular Research Center Homepage



MD – National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
PhD – UNAM and Baylor College of Medicine


Focus groups:
Cardiovascular Physiology & Pharmacology
Cardiac Excitation-contraction coupling
Cardiac Excitability and Arrhythmias

Dr. Héctor H Valdivia is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center of the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Valdivia’s research interests are centered in the field of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and Pharmacology. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the heart beat in normal and pathological settings.  His lab has focused efforts on cardiac excitation-contraction coupling, intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis and ryanodine receptors. He uses multidisciplinary approaches at the molecular, cellular and intact animal level, including site-directed mutagenesis, heterologous expression of recombinant ion channels, simultaneous recording of action potentials and intracellular Ca2+ transients, intracardiac and surface ECG recording, Langendorff perfusion, and transgenic animals (mice and rabbits) for an integral study of physiological and pathophysiological Ca2+ signaling in the heart.  Dr. Valdivia has published more than 120 refereed papers and his work in general has been cited ~9,000 times (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=yebc6A8AAAAJ&hl=es)