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Tufts University School of Medicine

Dan Cox

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Laboratory: South Cove 201

Dan Cox

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Laboratory: South Cove 201

Phone 617-636-0305
Lab phone: 617-636-0831
Office: South Cove 206
Campus: Boston

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Education

  • BA, Biochemistry, University of Virginia
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Sackler School, Tufts University
  • Postdoctoral Training, Stanford Medical School

Research synopsis

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.