Qi Zhang, Ph. D., Assistant Professor

BRET Profile
Department of Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Room 410A, Robinson Research Building
23rd Avenue South at Pierce Street
Nashville, TN 37232-6600
Phone: (615) 875-7620
Fax: (615) 343-6532
E-mail: qi.zhang@vanderbilt.edu

Research Interests

My research has been focusing on the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing synaptic transmission in healthy as well as diseased brain. So far, I have developed an array of genetic and optical tools to study neurotransmitter release, synaptic vesicle trafficking, protein and membrane homeostasis in the mammalian central nervous system. I have a series of original findings on how presynaptic release of neurotransmitter is regulated and how such regulation contributes to synaptic plasticity and brain function. My goal is to identify new questions associated with synaptic transmission and inventing new tools to tackle those problems.