Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Immunology
Office: (916) 686-8077
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.
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.