Zhaozhu Qiu PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology

Telephone Number: 410-614-3795

Johns Hopkins University
Department of Physiology
725 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Room: 216 Wood Basic Science Building
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Areas of Research
Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
Neurobiology of Disease

Graduate Program Affiliations

Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program 

Neuroscience Training Program

Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Pysiology

Molecular Biology and Physiology of Ion Transport

Chloride is the most abundant free negatively charged ion in the body. Chloride channels are cell-membrane embedded proteins, allowing the movement of chloride in and out of the cells. Defects in chloride fluxes are responsible for many human disorders. However, we know little about some of these mysterious gate-keepers in cells.

Our Lab develops high throughput functional genomics screening approaches and has recently identified two novel chloride channels: SWELL1 volume-regulated anion channel and PAC proton-activated chloride channel. We are interested in elucidating the molecular identity, regulation, cell biological and physiological function of these novel ion channels with a focus on the nervous system (neuron and glia), and revealing their potential role in diverse neurological disease, such as ischemic stroke, pain, epilepsy and glioma. Toward that goal, we employs a multi-disciplinary approach including mouse genetics, cell and brain slice electrophysiology, biochemistry, and imaging techniques.

We are always looking for curious and motivated graduate students to join the lab. Please visit our lab page or email me to learn more about our research.

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