Vollum Faculty and Research

Vollum Institute Leadership

Co-Director

Vollum Institute Faculty

Isabelle Baconguis

Isabelle Baconguis, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

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Baconguis Lab

Research interests

ion channel, sodium channel, structural biology, cryo-EM, electrophysiology, ion selectivity, channel physiology and gating, protein biochemistry

Peter Barr-Gillespie

Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Chief Research Officer, OHSU
Professor, OHRC
Vollum Joint Appointment

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Barr-Gillespie Lab

Research interests

hair cells, mechanotransduction, myosin, motors, ion channels, cytoskeleton, pumps and transporters, inner ear, hearing, balance

Paul Brehm

Paul Brehm, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Brehm Lab

Research interests

zebrafish genetics, electrophysiology, ion channel function, cellular neuroscience

Mike Forte

Michael Forte, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Forte Lab

Research interests

mitochondrial permeability transition pore, neurodegeneration, ischemic cell death, small molecule therapies

James Frank

James Frank, Ph.D.
Vollum Fellow

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Frank Lab

Research interests

chemical biology, lipid, endocannabinoid, neural circuits, optical control

Marc Freeman

Marc Freeman, Ph.D.
Director and Senior Scientist

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Freeman Lab

Research interests

neuronal-glial interactions, neuronal circuitry, neurodegeneration, astrocytes, Drosophila genetics

Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Goodman Lab

Research interests

metabolic regulation of gene expression, characterization of activity-regulated genes

Eric Gouaux

Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Investigator, HHMI

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Gouaux Lab

Research interests

chemical synapses and synaptic transmission, glutamate receptors, neurotransmitter transporters, ligand-gated ion channels, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), x-ray crystallography, membrane proteins

Skyler Jackman

Skyler Jackman, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

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Jackman Lab

Research interests

neurotransmitter release, short-term synaptic plasticity, neural circuits, presynaptic calcium sensors

Gail Mandel

Gail Mandel, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Mandel Lab

Research interests

neurogenesis, microRNA, transcription, Rett Syndrome, neuronal circuitry, epigenetics, neurodevelopment, neuronal-glial interactions

Tianyi Mao

Tianyi Mao, Ph.D.
Scientist

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Mao Lab

Research interests

basal ganglia circuit analysis, cortical-subcortical interactions, optogenetics, genetically engineered calcium indicators, two-photon calcium imaging

Kelly Monk

Kelly Monk, Ph.D.
Co-Director and Senior Scientist

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Monk Lab

Research interests

glial cell biology, neuron-glial interactions, glial-glial interactions, myelination and remyelination, zebrafish

Swetha Murthy

Swetha Murthy, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

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Murthy Lab

Research interests

mechanotransduction, ion channels, electrophysiology

Philip Stork

Philip J. S. Stork, M.D.
Senior Scientist

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Stork Lab

Research interests

small G proteins, MAP kinase, B-Raf

Laurence Trussell

Laurence Trussell, Ph.D.
Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center
Vollum Joint Appointment

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Trussell Lab

Research interests

brainstem circuits that process acoustic signals, synaptic physiology — how cells and synapses preserve information provided by the ear

Henrique von Gersdorff

Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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von Gersdorff Lab

Research interests

exocytosis and endocytosis of synaptic vesicles, short and long-term plasticity in the retina and brainstem, electrophysiology of auditory pathway

Gary Westbrook

Gary Westbrook, M.D.
Senior Scientist

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Westbrook Lab

Research interests

neurogenesis, hippocampal microcircuits, glutamate receptors, epilepsy, regeneration and repair, synaptic transmission

Matt Whorton

Matt Whorton, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

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Whorton Lab

Research interests

signal transduction, structural biology, membrane proteins, ion channels, transporters, x-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, electrophysiology

John T Williams

John Williams, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Williams Lab

Research interests

opiate desensitization and tolerance, receptor trafficking, dendrodendritic transmission

Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

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Wright Lab

Research interests

sensory circuit development, transcription, axon guidance, neuronal migration, synaptogenesis, genetics

Haining Zhong

Haining Zhong, Ph.D.
Scientist

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Zhong Lab

Research interests

neuromodulatory signaling during animal behavior, experience-dependent plasticity, striatum, dopamine, norepinephrine, locomotion, cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA), two photon FLIM-FRET imaging, CRISPR gene editing

Emeritus Faculty Members

John P. Adelman, Ph.D.

Research interests: potassium channels, Ca2+-activated, structure-function, synaptic transmission and plasticity

Wolfhard Almers, Ph.D.

Research interests: mechanisms of exocytosis and endocytosis, total internal reflection fluorescence, single molecule imaging

Craig Jahr, Ph.D.

Research interests: synaptic transmission, glutamate transport, multivesicular release, electrophysiology, two-photon microscopy

Thomas Soderling, Ph.D.

Research interests: calcium, protein kinases, learning and memory, neuron development