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Pedro Cabrales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering


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My research work centers on an integrative analysis of physical and chemical phenomena involved in gas transport through the application of engineering science principles and methods.

My aim is to design novel therapeutic interventions based on gas transport regulation to treat, manage, and ultimately prevent disease. My research involves primarily experimental platforms to understand how oxygen and other gases (e.g. nitric oxide, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon monoxide) are made available to the tissues, their biological function, and how their levels are regulated.

The nature of my research requires the translation of biological signals into quantitative measurements. I have a strong interest in applying my engineering skills to developing new measuring techniques to understand in vivo transport phenomena, to quantify organ and tissue function from the cellular to the macroscopic level. My current experimental efforts are given to conditions such as inflammation, hemorrhagic shock, polycythemia, anemia and red blood cell pathologies such as malaria and sickle cell disease.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Biophysical Society
  • International Symposium on Blood Substitutes
  • Microcirculation Society
  • Shock Society
  • Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine


  • Outstanding Presentation Award, Transfusion with polymerized hemoglobin compromised tissue viability. The 52th Annual Conference American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. Chicago, IL. 2006
  • Young Investigator Award, International Symposium on Blood Substitutes. Beijing, China. 2007
  • Young Investigator Award, Current Issues on Blood Substitute Research. Tokyo, Japan. 2008
  • Young Innovator Award, Society for Artificial Internal Organs. Dallas, TX. 2009
  • Outstanding Young Investigator, Microcirculatory Society, Anaheim, CA. 2010
  • Hellman Fellow, Hellman Family Foundation, San Francisco, CA. 2011
  • University of California, Academic Senate Research Award, San Diego, CA. 2011
  • University of California, Academic Senate Research Award, San Diego, CA. 2011

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