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Lab Members

Principal Investigator


  • Principal Investigator

    Professor of Pharmacology and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    • Calcium
    • Polycystic Kidney Diseases
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
    • Hermeneutics


  • Graduate Student

    My research focuses on the role of neuronal calcium sensor 1 (NCS-1) in paclitaxel toxicity. Paclitaxel, also known as taxol, is a common antitumor drug used for treating cancer. However, paclitaxel also induces peripheral neuropathy with symptoms ranging from loss of sensory function, muscle weakness to severe neuropathic pain, therefore significantly reducing the quality of life of patients undergoing cancer treatments. As a student in the neuroscience program, I am interested in the pathway for paclitaxel-induced toxicity in the peripheral and central nervous systems, which previous work in the lab has found to involve the dysregulation of NCS-1- dependent calcium signaling. Through understanding the neurotoxicity pathway, I aim to find interfering strategies that will alleviate the neuropathy induced by paclitaxel without reducing with its antitumor properties.


Anton Bennett, PhD

Papers written with Ehrlich lab:

Mike Nathanson, MD, PhD

Papers written with Ehrlich Lab:

  • Minagawa N, Ehrlich BE, Nathanson MH. Calcium signaling in cholangiocytes. World J Gastroenterol. 2006 Jun 14;12(22):3466-70
  • Pusl, T., J.J. Wu, T.L. Zimmermann, L.,Zhang, B.E. Ehrlich, J. B. Hoek, M. Berchtold, S. Karpen, M.H. Nathanson, and A.M. Bennett.. EGF-mediated activation of the ETS-domain transcription factor Elk-1 requires nuclear Ca2+. Journal of Biological Chemistry 277:27517-27527 (2002).
  • O’Neill, A.F., R.E. Hagar, W.R. Zipfel, M.H. Nathanson, B.E. Ehrlich. Regulation of the type III InsP3 receptor by InsP3 and calcium. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 294:719-25 (2002).
  • Hagar, R.E., A.D. Burgstahler, M.H. Nathanson, and B.E. Ehrlich. Type III InsP3 receptors stay open in the presence of increased calcium. Nature 396: 81-84 (1998).

Stefan Somlo, MD, PhD

Papers written with Ehrlich lab:

Yiqiang Cai, PhD

Papers written with Ehrlich lab:

Fred Sigworth, PhD

Paper written with Ehrlich lab:

Mark Yeckel, PhD

Paper written with Ehrlich lab:

Melanie Cobb, PhD,,11375,00.html

Paper written with Ehrlich lab:

Alain Marty

Laboratoire de Physiologie Cérébrale
Université Paris 5
45 rue des Saints Pères
75270 Paris Cedex 06

Isabel Llano

Laboratoire de Physiologie Cérébrale
Université Paris 5
75006 Paris

Thibault Collin

Laboratoire de Physiologie Cérébrale
Université Paris 5
75006 Paris


In Alphabetical Order

Salim Acimi
Medical Student, Germany

Georgia Anyatonwu, PhD
Graduate Student, 2001-2006
Present position: Post-doctoral fellow, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Ayshe Beesen
Medical Student

Juan Bernal, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1987-1990
Present position: Laboratory Director, Tenidos San Juan, Aguascalientes, Ags, Mexico

Ilya Bezprozvanny, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1990-1994
Present position: Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Texas, Southwest Medical Center at Dallas, Texas
Phone: (214)648-6737
Fax: (214)648-8685
Department of Physiology, K4.112 UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75235-9040

Wolfgang Boehmerle
Research Student, 2005-2006
Present position: Medical student, Berlin, Germany

Louis Borgatta, MD
Research Fellow, 1989
Present position: Cardiologist, Private Practice

Fannie Bialek
Summer Student, 2002-2003
Present position: University student, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Andjelka Celic, PhD
Departments of Pharmacology and Cellular Molecular Physiology

Chi-un Choe, MD
Research Student, 2002-2003
Present position: Physician, Resident in Neurology
University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf
Department of Neurology, Martinistrasse 52 20246 Hamburg, Germany
Institute for Neural Signal Transduction, ZMNH, Falkenried 98, 20251 Hamburg, Germany

Rachel Corbin
Undergraduate Research Student, 2010

Peter Danias, MD PhD
Research Fellow, 1995-1996
Present position: Cardiologist, Private Practice

Anthony DePass, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-1999
Present position: Associate Professor, Long Island University, NY

Elizabeth Dodge, MD
Research Student, 1997-1998
Present position: Physician, Private practice, Dallas

Julian Esteban, MD
Research Fellow, 1996
Present position: Cardiologist, Private Practice

Manuel Estrada, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2003-2006
Present Position: Assistant Professor
Programa de Fisiología y Biofísica Laboratorio de Endocrinología Celular Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Chile Av Independencia 1027
Phone: 9786272

Craig Gibson
Departments of Pharmacology and Cellular Molecular Physiology

Robert Hagar, MD PhD
MD-PhD student, 1995-2000
Present Position: General Physician, Private practice

Ken Harrison
Research Student, 2004
Department of Pharmacology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8066

Felix Heidrich

Simon Jacob, MD
Research Student, 2002-2003
Present position: Physician, Private Practice, Freiburg, Germany

Gohar Jamil, MD
Research Fellow, 1995
Present position: Cardiologist, Private practice, Hartford, CT

Tobias Janowitz
Research Student, 1999-2000
Present position: Medical Student, Cambridge University, England
Phone: +44 1223 402033
Fax: +44 1223 402140

Friedrich Johenning, MD
Research Student, 2000-2001
Present position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Charite University, Berlin, Germany

Danielle Johnston
Undergraduate Research Student, 1999
Present Position: Graduate Student, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

David Johnston
Undergraduate Research Student, 2005
Present Position: Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Johnston
Undergraduate Research Student, 2003-2004
Present position: Graduate student, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Anita M. Kelsey, MD
Summer Student, 1987; Research fellow, 1993-1995
Present position: Cardiologist, Private Practice, Hartford, CT

Peter Koulen, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-2001
Present Position: Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Forth Worth, TX

Mark Landers, MD
Research Fellow,1992-1993
Present Position: Cardiologist, Private Practice, Denver, CO

Taylor Mann
Research Assistant

Phedra Marius, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-2003
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, London, England

Michelle Mo, PhD
Graduate Student / PhD Candidate

Katharina Mueck
Med Student, Germany

Nils Nicolay, MD
Research Student, 2003-Present
Present Position: Physician, Private Practice, Heidelberg, Germany

Karol Ondrias, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1988-1990
Permanent Position: Senior Scientist, Institute of Experimental Pharmacology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84216 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Kerry Quinn PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1994-1999

Juliana Rengifo, PhD
Graduate Student, 2001-2006
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Miryam Romero, PhD
Visiting Scientist, 1998-1999
Department De Ciencias Fisiologicas Facultad De Salud Universidad Del Valle A.A. 25360 Cali, Columbia
Phone: +57 2 558 3985
Fax: +57 2 514 0029

Habib Samady, MBChB
Research Fellow, 1992-1993
Present position: Assistant Professor, Medicine/Cardiology, University of Virginia
Phone: (434)924-1854
Fax: (434)977-7621

Alessandro Sardini, PhD
Visiting Scientist, 2000
Clinical Sciences Centre, MRC Imperial College School of Medicine The Hammersmith Hospital Du Cane Road W12 ONN London, England
Phone: +44 020 83838270
Fax: +44 181 3838387

Bonnie Seecharran, MBChB
Research Fellow, 1994
Present Position: Cardiologist, Private Practice

Cathy R. Schen, MD
Summer Student, 1983-1984
Present position: Psychiatrist, Private Practice, Boston, MA

Christina Schlecker, MD
Research Student, 2002-2003
Present Position: Physician, Private Practice

Detcho Stoyanovsky, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1991-1992
Present Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh
Phone: (412)647-6087
Fax: (412)647-5959

Frank Striggow, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1994-1996
Present Position: Biotech Company, Magdeburg, Germany
Phone: +49 391 6117200

Edwin Thrower, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999-2002
The Section of Digestive Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203)932-5711 x 3680

Per Uhlen, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2006
Present Position: Assistant Professor, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Anurag Varshney, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2003-2006
Present Position: Research Scientist, Ranbaxy, Inc, New Dehli, India

Eva Winkler
Research Student, 2004-2005
Present Position: Medical Student, University of Freiburg, Germany

Xin Yu
Undergraduate Research Student, 2001-2003
Present Position: Law Student, NYU, NY

Kun Zhang
Departments of Pharmacology and Cellular Molecular Physiology