University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Hector Valdivia, MD, PhD



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 265-5392


  • National University of Mexico, School of Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico – MD
  • National University of Mexico and Baylor College of Medicine – PhD in Biomedical Research

Professional Activities

Dr. Hector Valdivia is a faculty member of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine within the Department of Medicine and the director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was a Fulbright Specialist and has received three Fulbright scholarships, including a 2018 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of the International Academy of Cardiology, a peer reviewer for numerous international scientific organizations and serves on the editorial board of Circulation Research and the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 

Research Interests

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Dr. Valdivia’s research interests lie in the field of cardiovascular electrophysiology and pharmacology. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to contribute to the elucidation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the heart beat in normal and pathological settings. Current work is focused on determining the role of Ca2+release channels/ryanodine receptors (RyR) of sarcoplasmic reticulum in excitation-contraction (e-c) coupling of the heart in health and disease. His laboratory’s three main projects use a combination of biochemical, electrophysiological, immunological, Ca2+imaging and gene-manipulating techniques to elucidate the structural and functional properties of RyRs at the molecular, cellular and whole heart level.