Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
- BA, Biochemistry, University of Virginia
- PhD, Neuroscience, Sackler School, Tufts University
- Postdoctoral Training, Stanford Medical School
Ion channel proteins form pores in the surface of living cells. When these pores are open, they create electrical currents that are essential to many biological processes including the generation of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and the release of neurotransmitters. Our research focuses on a certain type of ion channel, the calcium-activated potassium channel, also known as the BKCa channel. My lab is studying how this channel is activated by calcium and how auxiliary subunits confer tissue-specific functional properties on the channel. Also, the lab is examining the interactions between the BKCa channel and voltage-gated calcium channels. Our work employs molecular biological, electrophysiological, and computer modeling approaches.