The Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is pioneering the development of new approaches to study cells and organisms in the new discipline of systems biology. The ultimate goal of our research is to create new knowledge about the function and interactions of living cells, the cellular and molecular basis for dysfunction, and ultimately provide the basis for the development of new clinical treatment strategies to combat disease.

Toni R. Pak, PhD
James R. DePauw Professor and Chair, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology
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Announcing CHARM:

The department of Cell and Molecular Physiology is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Healthy Aging and Resilience Medicine, (CHARM) an interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to investigate how cellular signaling pathways change across the lifespan.Click the link in the menu to learn more!

Recent News and Awards:

  • Tommy Martin, PhD was awarded the Graduate School Dissertation of the Year award in Biomedical Sciences. The title of his dissertation is "THE ROLE OF THE CO-CHAPERONE BAG3 AT THE CARDIAC SARCOMERE"
  • Marisa Stachowski, PhD Candidate in Dr. Jonathan Kirk's lab, research is published in the American Heart Association's Circulation Research Journal. The title of the paper: "GSK-3β Localizes to the Cardiac Z-Disc to Maintain Length Dependent Activation"
  • Jaroslava Seflova, PhD, Research Associate in Dr. Seth Robia's lab, published a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry entitled "Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy Reveals Sodium Pump Dimers in Live Cells”. This paper describes the results of Jaroslava’s recent biophysics experiments. She used a super-continuum laser and a fast detector to count photons emitted over a few billionths of a second from sodium pumps in living cells. The data suggest that the sodium pumps work together in pairs (dimers) to transport sodium and potassium across membranes. Jaroslava’s experiments could reveal new ways to improve sodium pump function, with implications for several diseases including heart failure and several neurological disorders including Parkinson’s Disease. You can read more about Jaroslava’s discoveries here: https://www.jbc.org/article/S0021-9258(22)00305-2/fulltext



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