July 27, 2023

Conformational dynamics underlying IP3R1 channel gating

Structures of the tetrameric IP3R channel by single particle cryo-electron microscopy reveals conformational motions and ligand-binding underlying gating and regulation of the IP3R channel.  

July 6, 2023

Cryo-EM helps to map mitochondrial function

Research led by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology using cryo-electron microscopy has shed light on the importance of phospholipids in mitochondria function, paving further mechanistic understanding of these cell powerplants. Read More

December 19, 2022

The New SyncroPatch 384i

The Center for Membrane Biology has acquired the SyncroPatch 384i, a state-of-the-art, high-throughput, fully automated patch-clamp system with a multi-PI equipment grant from NIH. The instrument with robotic components independently and simultaneously monitors ion currents in up to 384 cells…

December 12, 2022

Jayaraman awarded $3.5 million grant

A five-year, nearly $3.5 million grant to study the mechanisms of brain receptors involved in neurological disorders such as learning disabilities has been awarded to Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD, professor and John S. Dunn Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and…

September 2, 2022

Electron Cryogenic Microscopy at UTHealth Houston

As science dramatically evolves, so do the tools researchers use in discovery sciences. Microscopes are still the hardware of choice for deciphering tiny structures and, for the past two decades, cryogenic electron microscopy, or Cryo-EM, has been an important tool…

August 11, 2022

Five McGovern postdocs win President’s research awards

The Postdoctoral Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UTHealth Houston have named five McGovern Medical School postdoctoral research fellows as the winners of the 2022 President’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research. Read more

July 14, 2022

Researchers discover novel light-gated potassium channel

A key approach to understanding the brain is to observe the behavioral effects of turning on specific populations of neurons. Read more

July 7, 2022

Blackburn honored at retirement ceremony

MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosted a celebration honoring Dean Michael R. Blackburn, PhD, for his leadership and his legacy as a leader and scientist on June 27 in the Fayez S. and Susan…

March 10, 2022

Dowhan honored by the Biophysical Society for work in membrane protein research

William Dowhan, PhD, professor and John S. Dunn Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the 2022 Anatrace Membrane Protein Award at the Biophysical Society national meeting in February. Read more

February 24, 2022

Dowhan retires after half-century of service

In his 50th year of service to McGovern Medical School and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, William Dowhan, PhD, professor and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular…