Dr. Griffin received his Ph.D. (1983) in Pharmacology from UC San Francisco and did postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at Yale University. In 1987, he joined the Division of Natural Science at Chapman University where he is now a tenured full Professor in the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences and Director of the B.S degree program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Griffin joined the Department of Pharmacology at UCI in 1993 where he does neurochemistry research, currently holding the rank of Researcher, Step V.
Dr Griffin’s research is in the area of pharmacology, biochemistry and neurochemistry. His studies in signal transduction describe how the outside of a cell communicates with the inside of a cell. His collaborative work at UCI investigates the molecular pathways involved when an extracellular signal results in an intracellular response. Specifically, he uses biochemical assays and molecular genetics as a tool to investigate how drugs activate cellular effector systems. An understanding of the mechanisms by which information is transferred across a cell membrane may provide insights into cell communication and strategies for treating medical problems associated with deficient information processing.
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