Diane Barber, PhD, has been named Interim Chair of the UCSF School of Dentistry's Department of Cell and Tissue Biology effective March 1, 2010. Dean Featherstone asks the School community to join him in welcoming Dr. Barber to her new role.
Dr. Barber is a California native. She received her B.S. from UC Davis and her PhD in anatomy from UCLA. She completed postdoctoral training at U Mass Medical Center and was an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine for four years before returning to California and joining the UCSF faculty in the School of Dentistry.
Dr. Barber’s research program aims to understand how signals at the plasma membrane regulate specific cell processes relevant to cancer cell behaviors, including cytoskeleton remodeling, migration, proliferation, and metabolism. A unique aspect of her work is a focus on signal transduction mechanisms mediated by dynamic changes in intracellular pH and the function and design principles of pH sensors, or proteins with activities or ligand-binding affinities that are sensitive to physiological changes in pH.
Her research program is currently supported by three NIH awards, two of which recently received additional ARRA funding.