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 Roger Colbran    Molecular Physiology &                  Biophysics            Vanderbilt University        Nashville TN 37232-0615

LAB: RRB Room 724       Phone: 615-936-1630

Current People

Martha Bass, Lab Manager

Martha is our only native Tennessean, living on the farm in Trousdale County where she was raised.  She is known to bleed black and gold, especially over Women's Basketball.  She has the distinction of starting her scientific career working for a Nobel Prize winner.  She has the dubious honor of keeping everyone happy with reagents and working instruments, and is our baculovirus, protein purification and enzyme assay guru.

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AJ Baucum, Ph.D., Research Instructor

AJ "in vivo" Baucum came to us from Oregon, via LA and Salt Lake City.   He is a "complex" person and loves using co-immunoprecipitation and proteomic approaches to analyze the changes in the protein assemblies in disease states.  He was supported by a UNCF-Merck fellowship award, and was recently promoted to Research Instructor. 

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Nidhi Jalan-Sakrikar, Ph.D. Student, MPB

Nidhi is from India by way of North Dakota.  She has found that alpha-actinin can facilitate CaMKII interacions with NMDA-receptors and promote their phosphorylation, but inhibits the phosphorylation of AMPA-receptors. She was supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association and defended her Ph.D. dissertation in 2011.

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Tyler Rentz, Research Assistant

Tyler is from Charleston, South Carolina.  He has taken the lead in using surgical and behavioral methods to probe the role of CaMKII in the normal and doapmine-depleted striatum.

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Brian C. Shonesy, Ph.D., Postdoc

Brian is from Alabama and earned his Ph.D. in 2009 at Auburn.  He exploring the role of CaMKII in regulation of striatal synapses using a variety of biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches. 

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