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Tamkun Lab - Current Research


 Tamkun Lab Information


 Contact the Lab

​​Phone: (970) 491-3484

Location: W206 Anatomy/Zoology
Mailing Address:
1617 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Current projects in the lab include:

  1. Structural and Functional Interactions within the Neuronal ER/PM Junction. The majority of Kv2.1 on the neuronal cell surface likely play a structural role to remodel the cortical endoplasmic reticulum and regulate membrane trafficking. Mechanisms underlying this non-conducting role of Kv2.1 are currently under investigation.
  2. High Resolution Optical Analysis of Nav1.6 Localization, Trafficking and Function. The Nav1.6 sodium channel localizes to the axon initial segment and to discrete regions on the neuronal soma. The mechanisms underlying this localization, and the functional consequences, are another area of study.
  3. Application of Single Molecule Physics to Membrane Protein Cell Biology. The Tamkun (Biomedical Sciences) and Krapf (Electrical and Computer Engineering) labs have had a fruitful collaboration for the past four years. This collaboration has been successful because it represents a merger of ion channel molecular physiology with single molecule statistical physics and allows a fresh approach to the study of ion channel dynamics on the cell surface.