Short CV- Padilla | Department of Biological Sciences

Short CV- Padilla

Curriculum Vitae

Pamela A. Padilla, Ph.D. Professor, Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation (Former Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Science)

Department of Biological Sciences

University of North Texas

Life Sciences Building B 220



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, 1999-2002

NSF Post Doctoral Fellow, Basic Science Division

Mentor: Mark Roth

Studies of suspended animation, hypometabolism and oxygen deprivation

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, 1998

Ph.D. Biology, Molecular Genetics

Mentor: Margaret Werner-Washburne

Studies of stationary phase, nutrient deprivation and conservation of gene families

Dissertation: Characterization of the SNZ and SNO Gene Families in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

University of New Mexico, 1993

B.S. Biology, Minor in Chemistry

Mentor: John Trujillo

HHMI Student Research Fellow

Studies of energy and metabolism


Professor, 2017 to present

Biological Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Associate Professor, 2008 to 2016

Biological Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Visiting Scientist, 2010

Salk Institute La Jolla, CA, Dr. Hetzer Lab

Assistant Professor, 2002 to 2008

Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

NSF Post Doctoral Fellow, 1999-2002

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Research Assistant, 1994-1998

Dept. of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Teaching Assistant, 1996

Dept. of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


Elected SACNAS President (2020, President-elect; 2021-2022, President, 2023 Past-President)

Elected SACNAS National Board of Directors- largest non-profit STEM diversity organization in the nation, >20,000 members (2016-2018)

Nominated by UNT for the Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award (2016)

UNT Faculty Leadership Fellow, Office of the Provost (2015-2016)

SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute Conference, Washington DC (2012)

Inquiry-Based Science Award, Science magazine (2012)

Early Career Award for Research and Creativity, UNT Research Office (2010)

Glenn Scholar, Center for Aging Program, Salk Institute, La Jolla CA (2010)

Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and Kavli Frontiers, Irving, CA (2008)

Beckman Frontiers of Sciences Symposium, National Academy of Sciences, Beckman Center, Irving, CA (2006)

Outstanding Mentor, Siemens Scholarship (2004, 2005)

Travel Award- Grant Writing, FASEB/NIH MARC (2002)

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2002)

Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Graduate Student, University of New Mexico (1999)

NIH, MBRS Research Fellow, University of New Mexico (1993, 1998)

Graduate Student Representative, Science Coalition, U.S. Senate, Washington DC (1996)

Graduate Travel Award, American Society Cell Biology (1995)

Graduate Student Presentation Award, Biology Department Research Day (1995)

Student Travel Award, SACNAS (1995)

Student Travel Award, La Jolla Cancer Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (1994)

Patricia Roberts Harris Research Fellow, University of New Mexico (1994-1996)

Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholarship, University of New Mexico (1993)


National Institutes of Health, R15 NIDDK, "Molecular consequences of glucose diet and altered ceramide species impacting oxygen deprivation responses", Role: Lead PI; PI, Rajeev Azad

National Science Foundation, IOS, "Regulation of Mitochondrial Functions by Iron and Ceramides in C. elegans", Role: PI, Mittler, Co-PI

National Science Foundation, "Epigenetic Inheritance of Physiological Phenotypes: Occurrence, Mechanism and Inter- and Intra-Individual Variation", PI: Warren Burggren, Role: Co-PI

National Science Foundation, "Fostering Outstanding Cohorts in Undergraduate Science II", PI: Lee Hughes, Role: Co-PI: P. Padilla, U. Philpose, S. Gao, A. Wilson