Membrane Excitability and Synaptic Transmission

The nervous system uses electrical signals to encode and process information. These signals take the form of action potentials within neurons and synaptic potentials between neurons. The molecules responsible for these signals include voltage-gated channels, which generate and shape action potentials; neurotransmitter receptors, which generate and shape synaptic potentials; and membrane trafficking proteins, which catalyze the fusion of neurotransmitter-containing vesicles with the plasma membrane. Research into membrane excitability and synaptic transmission provides insight into the cellular and molecular basis for learning and memory, and illuminates the molecular mechanisms of neurological disease and drug action. Faculty in the Neuroscience Training Program investigate these questions in a wide variety of models from yeast and Drosophila to humans, using a broad range of techniques including patch clamping, electrophysiology, and cellular imaging.


Tracy L. Baker

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 890-2964

Matthew I. Banks

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

(608) 261-1143

Michael Cahill

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

Baron Chanda

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-3936

Edwin R. Chapman

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

(608) 263-1762

Cynthia Czajkowski

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

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Mrinalini Hoon

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Meyer B. Jackson

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

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Mathew V. Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-4394

Robert A. Pearce

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

(608) 263-0208

Gail A. Robertson

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-3339

Subhojit Roy

Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Pathology

(608) 263-1227

Raunak Sinha

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

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