Name: Daniel K. Mulkey, Ph.D. Position: Assistant Professor Areas of expertise: ion channels, slice-electrophysiology, purinergic signaling, respiratory control My research is centered understanding the electrophysiological characteristics of mammalian neurons in brainstem regions associated with respiratory control. We are currently using a combination of slice-patch electrophysiology, fluorescent imaging and genetic approaches to identify ion channels that regulate activity and neurotransmitter modulation of respiratory chemoreceptors. We are also interested in the contribution of astrocytes to respiratory control, specifically we are exploring how astrocytes sense changes in CO2/H+ and communicate with neurons and vasculature via a purinergic dependent mechanism.
Biography Updated on 15 March 2012