Faculty

The faculty of the Cellular and Molecular Physiology Department is committed to scientific and educational excellence. It is composed of scientists representing a wide variety of interests, including cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Under the leadership of Chair Michael Caplan, M.D., Ph.D., faculty members work in an interactive environment that encourages communication and supports collaborations between research groups.

Faculty Listing

  • Slav Bagriantsev

    Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Biochemistry; Biophysics; Ducks; Electrophysiology; Ion Channels; Mechanoreceptors; Neurosciences; Pacinian Corpuscles; Sensory Receptor Cells; Trigeminal Ganglion; Thermoreceptors; Potassium Channels; Anseriformes; Transient Receptor Potential Channels; Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
  • Cecilia Canessa

    Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Central Nervous System; Electrophysiology; Kidney; Nephrology; Physiology; Epithelial Sodium Channels
  • Michael Caplan

    C. N. H. Long Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Cell Biology; Epithelial Cells; Kidney; Polycystic Kidney Diseases; Physiology; Ion Pumps
  • Professor Adjunct

    Research Interests
    Anions; Organelle Biogenesis; Biological Assay; Breast Neoplasms; Hypothyroidism; Kinetics; Medical Oncology; Neoplasm Metastasis; Thyroid Neoplasms; Amino Acid Substitution
  • Rui Chang

    Assistant Professor in Neuroscience; Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Cardiovascular System; Cranial Nerves; Heart; Neural Pathways; Physiology; Vagus Nerve; Peripheral Nervous System; Ganglia, Sensory; Optogenetics
  • Jean-Ju Chung

    Assistant Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Fertility; Ion Channels; Reproduction; Sperm Capacitation; Sperm Motility; Signal Transduction; Membrane Microdomains
  • Sabrina Diano

    Richard Sackler Family Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    Endocrine System; Nervous System; Diseases
  • Anne Eichmann

    Ensign Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Blood Vessels; Cardiology; Central Nervous System; Endothelium, Vascular; Physiology
  • Biff Forbush

    Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Membrane Proteins; Physiology; Sodium-Potassium-Chloride Symporters; Muscle Cells
  • Erdem Karatekin

    Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

    Research Interests
    Exocytosis; Liposomes; Membrane Fusion; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Molecular Biology; Physiology; Secretory Vesicles; Microfluidics
  • Michael Nitabach

    Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, of Genetics and of Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    Behavior, Animal; Decision Making; Genetics; Ion Channels; Neuropeptides; Neurophysiology; Neurotoxins; Physiology
  • Vincent Pieribone

    Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience; Director, The John B. Pierce Laboratory, Inc.; Fellow, John B. Pierce Laboratory

    Research Interests
    Biomedical Engineering; Biotechnology; Cnidaria; Drug Therapy; Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Neuropharmacology; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Optics and Photonics
  • Frederick Sigworth

    Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

    Research Interests
    Biomedical Engineering; Electrophysiology; Ion Channels; Microscopy, Electron; Physiology; Xenopus; Potassium Channels; Sodium Channels; Patch-Clamp Techniques; Potassium Channels, Voltage-Gated; Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
  • Satinder Singh

    Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Research Interests
    Antidepressive Agents; Depression; Dopamine; Epilepsy; gamma-Aminobutyric Acid; Glycine; Lipid Bilayers; Neurobiology; Neuropharmacology; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Schizophrenia; Serotonin; Synaptic Vesicles; Antipsychotic Agents; X-Ray Diffraction; Biogenic Monoamines; Protein Structure, Tertiary; Neurotransmitter Transport Proteins; Neuropsychiatry
  • Susumu Tomita

    Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    Biochemistry; Brain; Electrophysiology; Molecular Biology; Synaptic Transmission; Physiology
  • David Zenisek

    Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology, of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    Cell Biology; Endocytosis; Exocytosis; Ophthalmology; Physiology; Presynaptic Terminals; Retinal Bipolar Cells