Gregory Amberg

Professor, Biomedical Sciences | CSU Faculty Lead & Basic Sciences, CUSOM Fort Collins branch Biomedical Sciences

4203 Health and Medical Center

(970) 492-4134

About Gregory

Dr. Gregory Amberg was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Temple City, California. Subsequently, he resided in Idaho, Nevada, Washington, and Colorado. He completed his BS in Biology (University of California Riverside/Idaho State Univ.), PharmD (Idaho State Univ. College of Pharmacy), PhD (Cell & Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology; Univ. of Nevada Reno), and Postdoctoral Fellowship (Cardiovascular Physiology & Pathophysiology; Univ. of Washington). His involvement in teaching at the Colorado University School of Medicine at Colorado State University Branch Campus stems from a long-standing interest in promoting and integrating the basic biomedical sciences within modern medical education curricula. His teaching areas of interest include Physiology, Pharmacology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Pharmacotherapeutics. His research areas of interest include using electrophysiology and advanced imaging to study localized calcium and oxidant signaling mechanism in smooth muscle cells, neuroendocrine cells, and neurons.


PhD, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 2002PharmD, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, 1998BS, Idaho State University, 1994

Research Specialty

Ion channelsResearch in the lab involves the study of ion channels in arterial smooth muscle and their impact on arterial function. Changes in ion channel behavior during pathophysiological conditions such as hypertension are of particular interest.Calcium channelsLab projects focus on the investigation of highly localized calcium signals produced by L-type voltage-dependent calcium channels (called "calcium sparklets") located in the plasma membrane of arterial smooth muscle cells. We are investigating redox-dependent modulation of L-type calcium channel function by reactive oxygen species. Experimental approaches used include a combination of patch-clamp electrophysiology, molecular biological methods, pressurized intact arteries and imaging techniques.