Neurotransmitter Receptors, Ion channels and Membrane Transporters

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.
Mechanisms of cell death and neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia and Parkinson's disease.
Functional consequences of altered connectivity in schizophrenia; the early secretory pathway's role in neurodevelopment and synaptogenesis
Developing a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which synaptic vesicles dynamically load, retain and release neurotransmitters such as dopamine and how these processes contribute to neuropsychiatric illnesses
Mechanism(s) of alcohol action.
Synaptic computation and neuromodulation in catecholaminergic neurons
Cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying drug addiction and sleep-mediated regulation of reward.
Regulation of GABAergic inhibition in development and mental disorders
Biophysics, pharmacology, structure, and regulation of glutamate receptors.
Plasticity of inhibitory circuits during development and pathology.
Functional architecture of the prefrontal cortex and schizophrenia.
Regulation and modulation of presynaptic ion channels and transmitter release in healthy and diseased synapses.
AMPA receptors in hearing and hearing loss. Ultrastructure and the chemical nature of the tripartite synapse
Studies of sensory and motor circuits in health and disease.
Functional neuroanatomy of cortical and brainstem monoamine systems.
Cell and molecular biology of dopamine transporter
Ion transporters in neurological diseases.
Neurobiology and Pharmacology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Dependence
Physiology imaging and computation in the olfactory system.
The impact of gender and changes in neurochemistry on rehabilitation and treatment outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Gene and stem cell therapy in brain ischemia/membrane protein structure by NMR.