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X-Laboratory

(跨膜信号研究组)

Principle Investigator: Xiaodong LIU, Ph.D. (刘晓冬)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research
School of Life Sciences
at Tsinghua University




Welcome to the X-Lab!


LAB DESCRIPTION

Our research has been in the field of ion channels, focusing on subthreshold or non-spiking behaviors and favoring concepts and methods from synthetic electrophysiology. Major interests are on in-depth biophysical mechanisms of ion channel functions, pursued by applying both biological and engineering principles onto biological entities (synthetic channel subunits & modulators etc.) and physical components (electrical & optical materials, devices, instruments, etc.) exogenously coupled with excitable membranes for the reconstitution of ion channels’ functionality & pathophysiology. We are particularly attracted by the amazing capabilities of ion channels in sensing exogenous stimuli of diverse modality, such as transmembrane potentials, ionic signals, mechanical forces and electromagnetic radiations. How exactly would ion channels sense, transduce and encode the stimuli (i.e., energy and information) at submolecular, molecular and cellular levels? Based on these core biophysics, we pursue mechanistic understanding, pathophysiological ramifications and bioengineering innovations, of transmembrane signalings via ion channels, especially those related to neural information processing (sensory functions and neural oscillations), and those crucial to neural plasticity (CaV channels and Ca2 + signaling). The methodologies span from electrophysiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and optical imaging to biophysical modeling and engineering design & analysis.


Representative Work



【2013.07.09】本实验室正在招募博士生、博士后(及技术员),欢迎对本实验室研究感兴趣、并希望在生物医学工程领域的科学研究上有所作为的候选人同本实验室PI Xiaodong LIU, Ph.D. (刘晓冬)联系。另请参见科学网的招聘广告


X-LAB博士生获得清华大学短期出国访学基金


X-LAB博士后获评CLS优秀博士后基金


X-LAB博士后获评54期中国博士后基金


X-LAB本科生获评2013年优秀毕业论文


Attention: 刘晓冬研究组(X-LAB)本科生研究课题

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