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Arin                           Bhattacharjee

Arin Bhattacharjee PhD

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Gene Expression; Ion channel kinetics and structure; Membrane Transport (Ion Transport); Molecular and Cellular Biology; Neurobiology; Pathophysiology; Signal Transduction

Professional Summary:

Neuronal firing patterns are highly diverse because neurons regulate a wide variety of different behaviors and physiological functions including cognition and memory. Whether a neuron exhibits regular spiking, burst firing, adaptation or high frequency firing will largely be determined by which specific ion channel genes a neuron chooses to express. I am interested in a class of potassium channels that are sensitive to intracellular sodium. There are two members in this family, known as Slack and Slick, and both channel subunits are expressed in many different types of neurons. I am particularly interested in how these channels contribute to the firing patterns of pain-sensing neurons and neurons of the cerebral cortex. Understanding when, where and how these channels are working should provide important information on sensory and cortical processing and will provide insights on nociception, psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and neurological diseases such as epilepsy.

Education and Training:
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology/Neuroscience, Yale University (2005)
  • PhD, Pharmacology, University of South Alabama (1999)
  • Cert, Pharmacology, University of Alberta (1992)
  • BS, Biology, University of Alberta (1991)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • September 2012–June 2017
    Ionic Mechanisms Underlying Dorsal Root Ganglion Excitability
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • February 2008–January 2010
    John R. Oishei Foundation
    John R. Oishei Foundation
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • January 2006–December 2008
    American Diabetes Association - Junior Faculty Award
    American Diabetes Association
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Contact Information

102 Farber Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2800
Fax: (716) 829-2801

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