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CLIVE M. BAUMGARTEN, Ph.D.CLIVE M. BAUMGARTEN, Ph.D. clive.baumgarten@vcu.edu


Dr. Clive M. Baumgarten, Ph.D., holds appointments as professor of physiology, biomedical engineering and medicine (cardiology) at Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended Northwestern University, where he earned his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. in pharmacology. After completing three years of post-doctoral work in physiology at the University of Chicago, Dr. Baumgarten came to the VCU Medical Center in 1979 as assistant professor of physiology. He achieved the rank of full professor in 1992.

Active in cellular cardiac electrophysiology research for years, Dr. Baumgarten’s laboratory focuses on regulation of ion channels, cardiac cell volume, and cellular mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis. Dr. Baumgarten’s most recent projects include “Cardiac Cell Volume Regulation in Health and Disease” and “Swelling Activated Currents and Myocyte Volume in CHF,” both funded by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He also is investigating “Swelling Activated Cl Current and Cell Volume in Human Atrial Myocytes,” funded by the American Heart Association, and he has held an American Heart Association Established Investigatorship.  Dr. Baumgarten has served on the editorial boards for such well respected medical journals as the American Journal of Physiology: Heart, Circulation Research, and the Journal of Molecular Cell Cardiology and has had dozens of papers published over the last two decades.

Dr. Baumgarten has been an active study section member for numerous organizations. He served as member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute CVB Study Section, Veterans Administration Cardiology B Merit Review Panel, National Science Foundation (Cell Physiology and Signal Transduction Panels), the American Heart Association’s Cell Physiology and Pharmacology Study Section, which he co-chaired in 1998 and 1999, and its MidAtlantic Affiliate Cellular Physiology, Pharmacology, and Cellular Transport Study Section, which he co-chaired in 2003, and chaired in 2004 and 2005. In 1987 he returned to the University of Chicago for a year as visiting scholar in cell physiology.


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