Several laboratories in this area are working on the fundamental mechanisms by which neurotransmitter binding to receptors is transduced into the molecular events that determine the cell response. These labs provides students with a broad range of research choices from the most specific molecular approaches to the most integrated systems measuring the effects of drugs on animal behavior.
Arun Anantharam, Assistant Professor
William Birdsong, Assistant Professor
Carrie Ferrario, Assistant Professor
Margaret E. Gnegy, Professor
Ronald W. Holz, Professor
Lori Isom, Professor
Paul Jenkins, Assistant Professor
Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor
RESEARCH FOCUS: Schizophrenia; Depression, Glutamate signaling, GABAergic interneurons, Fast-Spiking Interneurons, Patch-Clamp Electrophysiology, Behavior, NMDA receptors.
Emily Jutkiewicz, Assistant Professor
RESEARCH FOCUS: Opioids; Psychiatric Disease; Depression; Substance Abuse.
Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Associate Professor
RESEARCH FOCUS: GPCR trafficking and signaling; opioid, drug addiction.
Les Satin (Diabetes Center), Professor
RESEARCH FOCUS: Cellular and molecular basis of Type 2 diabetes; ER stress and protein folding diseases; metabolic regulation of ion channel activity; optical methods; drug discovery in diabetes; synaptic transmission and metabolic health of neurons after brain trauma, models of cell function and signaling.
John Traynor, Professor
RESEARCH FOCUS: Mechanisms of action of addictive drugs. To provide medications for pain relief and the treatment of addictions.