Barbara E. Ehrlich, class of 1974

Barbara E. Ehrlich received her bachelors of science in applied mathematics and biology from Brown University in 1974. She went on to University of California – Los Angeles where she earned her PhD in physiology in 1979. She served as a postdoctoral fellow and then instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before becoming an assistant professor at University of Connecticut – Farmington in 1986. In 1997, Ehrlich was appointed tenured professor at Yale University School of Medicine where she maintains her lab today. Her current research focuses on how cells regulate the intracellular calcium concentration and specifically on the release of calcium from intracellular stores. She uses biophysical, molecular and biochemical techniques to study the classes of calcium release channels known to exist inside virtually all cells. Ehrlich’s goal is to understand how processes within the cell alter the functions of these channels.