Laboratory of Dr. Charles Allen
The long-term goal of our research is to understand the functional properties of SCN neurons and how the circadian clock regulates these properties. To reach this goal we are pursuing four lines of research (click for a summary of our work in these areas):
Robert Irwin, M.D., MPH
Dr. Irwin received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Portland State University and his M.D. and M.P.H. from Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Irwin is using cellular imaging techniques to study the role of calcium signaling in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. More information.
Mykhaylo Moldavan, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Moldavan received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kyiv State University in Kyiv, Ukraine and his Ph.D in Physiology from the Bogomoletz Institute of Kyiv, Ukraine. He is studying the modulation, by presynaptic receptors, of optic nerve signaling to the suprachia
smatic nucleus. More information.
Nate Klett, B.S.
Graduate Student Researcher
Nate received his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Later that year, Nate enrolled in OHSU's Neuroscience Graduate Program, and has since joined the laboratory of Dr. Charles Allen. Nate's thesis project
examines the intracellular chloride concentration in neurons of the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
Olga Cravetchi, M.S., M.D.
Research Assistant II
Olga Cravetchi, Research Assistant II, joined the lab in August 2011. She received her MS in Experimental Medicine in 2009 from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and also got a MD in Pediatrics from the State University of Medicine, Moldova. Her work assists all projects that run in the laboratory. She performs neuronal cell cultures for intracellular imaging, molecular biology experiments as well as protein expression analysis using Western blot and IHC.