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Major Advance in Understanding Role of GIRK Channels

August 15, 2013

A special class of potassium channels known as GIRKs serve important functions in heart and brain tissue, and are among the research foci in this Department.  In a new publication, how they become activated to control cellular excitability has been revealed.  The importance of this work is reflected by it being featured on the cover of Science‌, in a Science podcast, and in a VCU press release.

Mahajan Rahul

Rahul Mahajan, a M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics, undertook this problem for his dissertation work, under the mentorship of Diomedes E. Logothetis, Ph.D.