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.

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Slav Bagriantsev, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

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

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Cecilia Canessa, MD

Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Central Nervous System; Electrophysiology; Epithelial Sodium Channels; Kidney; Nephrology; Physiology

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Michael J Caplan, PhD, MD

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; Ion Pumps; Kidney; Physiology; Polycystic Kidney Diseases

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Nancy Carrasco, MD

Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

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Jean-Ju Chung, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Fertility; Ion Channels; Membrane Microdomains; Reproduction; Signal Transduction; Sperm Capacitation; Sperm Motility

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Lawrence B. Cohen, PhD

Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Principal Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Research Interests

Neurosciences

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Guillaume De Lartigue, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Assistant Fellow, The John B. Pierce Laboratory

Research Interests

Craving; Digestive System Diseases; Food Deprivation; Glucose Metabolism Disorders; Hunger; Lipid Metabolism Disorders; Overnutrition; Sensory Receptor Cells

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Biff Forbush, PhD

Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Membrane Proteins; Muscle Cells; Physiology; Sodium-Potassium-Chloride Symporters

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Elena Gracheva, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Physiology, Comparative

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Erdem Karatekin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Research Interests

Exocytosis; Liposomes; Membrane Fusion; Microfluidics; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Molecular Biology; Physiology; Secretory Vesicles

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Patricia Ann Preisig, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Kidney; Kidney Tubules, Proximal; Nephrology; Physiology

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W. Mark Saltzman, PhD

Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Chemical Engineering, Head of Jonathan Edwards College

Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

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Joseph Santos-Sacchi, PhD

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology), of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Ear, Inner; Hair Cells, Auditory; Neurosciences; Otolaryngology; Physiology

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Gerald I Shulman, MD, PhD, FACP, MACE

George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Co-Director, Yale Diabetes Research Center

Director, Yale Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center

Research Interests

Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment; Chemicals and Drugs; Endocrine System Diseases

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Carolyn Walch Slayman, PhD

Sterling Professor of Genetics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Deputy Dean for Academic & Scientific Affairs

Research Interests

Adenosine Triphosphatases; Genetics; Ion Transport; Physiology; Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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Alda Tufro, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)

Research Interests

Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities; Kidney; Nephrology; Pediatrics; Podocytes; Semaphorins; Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A

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Fred Smith Wright, MD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

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Xiaoyong Yang, PhD

Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Biochemistry; Circadian Rhythm; Diabetes Mellitus; Genetics; Genomics; Molecular Biology; Neoplasms; Physiology; Proteomics; Signal Transduction; Systems Biology

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Lawrence Howard Young, MD

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

Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine

Research Interests

AMP-Activated Protein Kinases; Apoptosis; Cell Survival; Diabetes Mellitus; Glucose Transporter Type 4; Insulin Resistance; Myocardial Ischemia

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Z. Jimmy Zhou, PhD

Marvin L. Sears Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Professor of Neuroscience

Vice Chairman and Director of Research, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Neurobiology; Ophthalmology; Physiology; Retina; Retinal Diseases

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Dejan P Zecevic, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Action Potentials; Axons; Dendrites; Nervous System; Neurobiology; Neurons; Physiology; Excitatory Postsynaptic Potentials; Dendritic Spines; Inhibitory Postsynaptic Potentials

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Emile Louis Jean Baptiste Boulpaep, MD

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Director Medical Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Kidney; Physiology

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Gerhard Hans Giebisch, MD

Professor Emeritus of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

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Joseph F. Hoffman, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

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Bobbie J Barrett

Financial Assistant IV

Joseph D. DePonte

Director of FInance & Administration

Lisa Epifano

Office Assistant III

Renata Musial

Accountant II

Patricia M Redenti

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Leisa D. Strohmaier

Sr. Administrative Assistant and Graduate Student Registrar

Duncan Wong

Computing Support