Lars Berglund, interim dean of the School of Medicine, has received the honorary title of distinguished professor, in recognition of his exceptional level of scholarship and teaching. He is also a professor of medicine, associate vice chancellor forbiomedical research and vice dean for research.
A member of the UC Davis faculty since 2002, Berglund is a nationally renowned thought leader in translational medicine, which expedites the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments and makes them available to patients to improve health and health care. His efforts have resulted in record growth in biomedical research here. Since 2001, the school’s research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has catapulted from $41 million to $176.2 million in 2017, placing it for the first time among the top 20 percent of U.S. institutions.
Under his leadership in the role of founding director of UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center – a position he held for over 10 years -- Berglund also developed a robust infrastructure of services, education and translational science projects for investigators at all career levels, from students to senior scientists. He fostered a culture that embraced and catalyzed efficiencies in research processes, from workforce development to shared functions such as informatics, biostatistics and regulatory assistance. He also collaborated with leaders as part of the national consortium to tackle system-wide scientific and operational problems in clinical and translational research.
A physician researcher who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Berglund studies the molecular mechanisms of lipoproteins. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, is a member of the editorial board of several journals, and has chaired or served as a member of numerous study sections, including those at the NIH, American Heart Association, Endocrine Society and National Academies Steering Committee for the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.
Berglund earned his medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He completed his residency at the Karolinska Institute Huddinge University Hospital in Stockholm and a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining UC Davis, he was a professor of medicine and associate director of the Irving Center for Clinical Research at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.