Training in Cellular Physiology prepares graduate PhD students for
independent careers in biomedical research through grounding in the fundamental
principles of physiology and biophysics, and their application to important
problems of cellular systems regulation.
Students in the Cellular Physiology track have a broad array of research
projects from which to choose, and access to an equally broad assortment of
cutting edge techniques and instrumentation for their projects, including
advanced electrophysiology, high-resolution imaging, and novel biochemical
(including photochemical) tools.
Research projects in Cellular Physiology cover problems such as
recycling of synaptic vesicles (Betz), transduction and
modulation of signals in the olfactory bulb (Schoppa), mechanisms of sound
localization in mammals (Tollin), the role of
glia and spontaneous secretion of transmitter in the brain (Vijayaraghavan), characterization of
sodium channel isoforms in excitable cells (Levinson), regulation of
potassium channel expression during development (Ribera),
excitation-contraction coupling (Beam), molecular
physiology of cardiac pacemaking (Proenza), processing of sound
information in the auditory brainstem (Klug), neurophysiology of
making decision and initiating actions (Felsen), and neurophysiology
of the cerebellum (Person).