Leslie Satin, Ph.D.

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate
Joanne I Moore Research Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Internal Medicine

Brehm Center
1000 Wall St.
Office 5128/ Lab 5430
Ann Arbor, MI 48105



Dr. Satin is an expert on cellular signaling mechanisms, ion channel biophysics, the application of theoretical models to biomedical systems, and synaptic mechanisms of plasticity in the brain. He received his graduate training at the University of Southern California, where he studied neuromuscular physiology and the regulation of membrane calcium fluxes (1975-1982). After obtaining his Ph.D. in biology from UCLA, Dr. Satin moved to SUNY Stony Brook where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of P. R. Adams in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Dr. Satin’s work with Adams focused on potassium channel biophysics, an area of study he continued to pursue after moving to D. Cook’s lab at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Dr. Satin was promoted to Research Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at UW in 1988.

In 1990, he left Seattle and established his laboratory in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he remained until 2008.

Dr. Satin has completed a four-year stint on the Biophysical Society Publications Committee. He has been appointed to the Biophysical Society-Institute of Physics Advisory Board to oversee the publication of a new series of e-books on Biophysics. He is a member of a BPS Working Group that will soon help launch a new education journal, The Biophysicist.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Satin’s research has combined several strands, involving studies of the electrophysiology of neurons and synaptic changes after traumatic brain injury, the production of oscillations in neurosecretory cells and their theoretical basis, and the regulation of intracellular free Calcium and ion channels by cell fuel metabolism. 

Honors & Awards

  • School of Medicine Annual Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, VCU (2007)
  • Outstanding Research Award (in Pharmacology), VCU School of Medicine (2004)
  • Professor of the Year Award ('Students' Choice Award', Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology) (2002)
  • Invited 'Doctoral Opponent'; Uppsala University, Sweden (2010); University of Lund, Sweden (2001)
  • New Investigator Award, Diabetes Research Council of Seattle (1986-1998)
  • USC Teaching Award (1976)

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