We are working on several aspects of sensory transduction
and investigate molecular mechanisms used by sensory neurons
to translate external stimuli into the electrical signals the brain
needs to interpret the outer world.
We study proteins that are involved in the transduction process,
and we are particularly interested in ion channels. Our lab work is,
therefore, mainly electrophysiology (patch clamp), protein biochemistry, fluorescence imaging
and immunohistochemistry. We use these techniques to study structure and function
of ion channels and their expression patterns in sensory neurons. Our
current focus is on olfactory sensory neurons and on nociceptors, the
sensory neurons that mediate the perception of pain.