• University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica - PharmD
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan - PhD

Professional Activities

Dr. Francisco Alvarado is a faculty member in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Department of Medicine. He is a member of the Cellular and Molecular Arrhythmia Research Program (CMARP) and the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC). Dr. Alvarado is chair of the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Sciences hosted by the CVRC and the elected co-chair of the upcoming Gordon Research Seminar on Muscle Excitation-Contraction Coupling (2023). He is a member of the American Heart Association, the International Society for Heart Research and the Biophysical Society. He is a reviewer for multiple scientific publications. Dr. Alvarado is also a Centennial Scholar in the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Research Interests

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The goal of Dr. Alvarado's research is to understand the mechanisms of heart disease and to develop safe and effective treatments that improve the life of patients. His primary interest is the regulation of cardiac ion channels with emphasis on diseases arising from their dysfunction, especially calcium-dependent arrhythmias and structural cardiomyopathies. His laboratory uses unique animal models and a combination of several state-of-the-art techniques that span from the single molecular to the whole heart. Dr. Alvarado's research is supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.