Svetlana Lutsenko

Copper plays an essential role in human physiology. It serves as a cofactor to key metabolic enzymes that are required for respiration, neurotransmitter biosynthesis, detoxification of radicals, blood clotting, connective tissue formation, and many others processes. Through currently unknown...

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Albert Lau

Research in my laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of multi-subunit assemblies involved in synaptic communication. We are particularly interested in elucidating the structural thermodynamics that govern subunit assembly, ligand binding, and allosteric control of neurotransmitter receptors....

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Dax Fu

Zinc transporters regulate subcellular zinc distributions to ensure proper metalation of a wide range of cellular proteins that amount to about a third of a mammalian proteome. For example, a human zinc transporter (ZnT8) enriches zinc in the insulin-containing...

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Loyal Goff

The goal of my research program is to answer a fundamental biological question: how is the genome properly interpreted to coordinate the diversity of cell types observed during neuronal development? We are focused on the acquisition of specific cellular...

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William Guggino

Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) is the largest intracellular Ca 2+ store. On the membrane of the ER, there are calcium release components such as inositol 1, 4, 5 trisphosphate receptor (IP 3 R), and the calcium pumps like SR/ER Ca...

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Richard Huganir

Neurotransmitter receptors mediate signal transduction at the postsynaptic membrane of synaptic connections between neurons in the nervous system. We have been studying the molecular mechanisms in the regulation of neurotransmitter receptor function. Recently we have focused on glutamate receptors,...

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King-Wai Yau

Our laboratory is interested in the area of sensory transduction: specifically visual and olfactory transductions, which are the processes by which the senses of vision and olfaction are initiated. These two processes have interesting similarities and differences. Vision can...

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James C. Barrow

The research group is a laboratory focused on medicinal chemistry, primarilyaddressing diseases of neurodevelopment such as schizophrenia. Biological activity and structure-based drug design are used to drive chemistry target selection, and we are developing synthetic methods to efficiently prepare...

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Michael Caterina

My lab studies mechanisms underlying pain sensation, using a combination of mouse genetics and a range of in vitro and in vivo assays that include behavior, electrophysiology, imaging, neuroanatomy, and biochemistry. Among the areas of focus in the lab...

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Steven Claypool

Phospholipids are the building blocks of biological membranes. Membranes leverage the amphipathic chemistry of lipids to form bilayers that encapsulate a cell and its multitude of organelles. Such compartmentalization has enabled cells to separate biochemical pathways, establish specialized functions...

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