We are a group of highly motivated (and fun-loving!) students and scientists who are interested in applying multidisciplinary approaches to study the fundamental mechanisms that determine the function of these pharmacologically important molecules.
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Structure and Dynamics of Channels
Our ability to respond rapidly to stimuli such as light, heat, touch, smell, and sound is the key to our survival in an ever-changing environment. Electrical phenomenon underlies this fundamental ability to process sensory information and generate complex behavior.
The overarching goal of our research is to understand the physico-chemical basis of electrical signal transduction in biology. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie function of members of the voltage-gated ion channel family. These molecules are involved in a wide variety of physiological processes that include but are not limited to cardiac pacemaking, reflex action, pain sensation, learning and memory.