Gerard P. Ahern

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Ph.D., Physiology and Biophysics
Australian National University, 1996
(202) 687-9678
gpa3@georgetown.edu

How do we sense the world around us? How do cells detect changes in the external or extracellular environment?  We are interested in the fundamental mechanisms that allow cells to sense diverse chemical or physical stimuli.  Our focus is a class of membrane ion channels called Transient Receptor Potentials (TRP) channels. We also explore novel ligand signaling at G-protein coupled receptors both in neurons and immune cells. We use a combination of electrophysiological, cell imaging, genetic and biochemical techniques, and where possible, appropriate animal models.

 

 

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