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Nada Porter, PhD


859-257-4715 Lab: 859-257-6373


  • Associate Professor
  • MD/PhD Program Mentor
  • Chair of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences

College Unit(s)

Other Affiliation(s)
  • MD/PhD Program Mentor
  • Nutritional Sciences Graduate Faculty
  • Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences Primary Faculty

Biography and Education


1987 University of Illinois, Chicago, PhD in Pharmacology 1987-1991 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Post-Doctoral fellow, Neurology 1991 - 1996 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Kentucky 1996 - 2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Kentucky 2002 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, University of Kentucky


Research interests are in the area of hormone modulation of ion channels. Specifically, our studies address two central questions: 1) Do stress hormones adversely affect neuronal viability by altering calcium channel influx? 2) Under what conditions can steroid hormones have a beneficial or adverse effect? Recent studies indicate that steroid hormones regulate calcium channel activity. Current efforts are focused on how these changes in calcium influx affect neuronal viability. Answers to these questions will help determine whether neuronal calcium channels are potential therapeutic targets for degenerative or traumatic disorders of the brain.

Selected Publications

Pubmed Publications