Department of Biological and Medical Sciences


  • Our group is interested in gene diversity and the resulting functional/pharmacological properties of ligand-gated ion channels, using genome sequence analysis, molecular biology and electrophysiology. In particular, we are focusing on cys-loop ligand-gated ion channels of insects. The cys-loop ligand-gated ion channel superfamily includes nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, GABA receptors and glutamate-gated chloride channels, which play key roles in neuronal signalling and are also of interest as they are targets of pesticides.