Welcome new faculty
James Frank, Ph.D. joined the Department of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry as Assistant Professor on July 1, 2021. The Frank lab develops light-sensitive small molecule probes to manipulate neurons with increased spatiotemporal precision. In particular, we focus on developing photo-switchable and photo-caged ligands which permit remote control over cannabinoid receptor (CBR) activity. We use these tools to understand the mechanisms by which cannabinoid signaling mediates the secretion of neurotransmitters and hormones from excitable cells, and how these concerted events drive behavior and energy homeostasis in vivo.
Discovery raises possibility of new medication for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
Drs. Sky Ferrara and Tom Scanlan in the Department of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry have for the first time demonstrated it's possible to use a synthetic thyroid hormone to regulate a gene implicated in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. Read about the discovery HERE.
Research findings raise the possibility of development of new medication to treat debilitating diseases. Ferrara, S.J., Chaudhary, P., DeBell, M.J., Marracci, G., Miller, H., Calkins, E., Pocius, E., Napier, B.A., Emery, B., Bourdette, D., Scanlan. T.S. TREM2 is thyroid hormone regulated making the TREM2 pathway druggable with ligands for thyroid hormone receptor, Cell Chemical Biology, 2021.
- Bruce Branchaud, Distinguished Scientist in CEDAR with an appointment in CPB, receives the highest professional distinction for academic inventors, National Academy of Inventors Fellow
- Drs. Kelly and Ronnekleiv receive OHSU Center for Women’s Health Circle of Giving 2020 award
- Katherine Michaelis receives John A. Resko Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
- Two graduate students awarded positions on T32 institutional training grant
- Beth Habecker named Co-Director of Precision Medicine Innovation Co-Laboratory
Dean's Research Scholar Program
The Dean's Research Scholar Program (DRSP) was developed to recruit top interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers to OHSU to catalyze novel interdisciplinary research. DRSP is a distinctive opportunity to start a research career pursuing a state-of-the-art project at the cross-section of disciplines.