Valerie Gerriets, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Immunology

Office: (916) 686-8077

Valerie Gerriets, PhD


  • PhD in Pharmacology, Duke University, Durham NC
  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA


Prior to joining the CNSU faculty, Dr. Valerie Gerriets received her PhD from the Pharmacology and Cancer Biology department at Duke University, examining T cell metabolism in the context of autoimmune and inflammatory disease. During graduate school, she also obtained a certificate in college teaching and participated in the Duke Scholars in Endocrinology and Metabolism program. Dr. Gerriets then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Pediatric Endocrinology division at Duke, as well as serving as the instructor of a pharmacology course at Duke. She now teaches a broad range of pharmacology topics at CNUCOM.

Research Interests

Dr. Gerriets is interested in the bidirectional interaction between the brain and immune system and the relationship between the gut microbiota, serotonin and T cells.