Hydra's Ion Channel Advisors
David E. Clapham, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Co-founder, Hydra Biosciences
David Clapham is a leader in cell signal transduction, with particular expertise in ion channels and G protein-coupled receptors. As the Aldo R. Casteñada Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Children's Hospital of Boston, he is the hospital's director of Cardiovascular Research. He is also a professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Early in his career, David established his independent research laboratory in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. He earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in Anatomy/Cell Biology from Emory University School of Medicine and an Electrical Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology. David was a senior Fulbright Fellow during his postdoctoral training with Erwin Neher at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Neher is the co-inventor (with B. Sakmann) of the patch clamp technique for which he won a Nobel Prize.
Mark T. Keating, M.D. Scientific Co-Founder, Hydra Biosciences
Mark Keating is a leader in the fields of regenerative biology medicine. He is Vice President of Human Genetics and Ophthalmology at Novartis, and adjunct professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, and adjunct professor of Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Boston. In 1989, Mark established his independent research laboratory in the department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, the pioneer institution in human molecular genetics and mouse knockout technology, where his work initially focused on the human molecular genetics of cardiovascular disease and later extended to mechanisms of tissue and organ regeneration. He has received numerous awards for his laboratory's internationally recognized work in cardiovascular research including – the 2005 Bristol-Myers Squibs award for distinguished achievement in cardiovascular disease. He is a member of National Academy of Sciences. He earned his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
Bruce Bean, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Bean received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Rochester in 1979, did post-doctoral work with Richard W. Tsien at Yale University, and has had faculty appointments at the University of Iowa, the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University, and Harvard Medical School, where he is currently Professor of Neurobiology. His work is in the physiology and pharmacology of ion channels in heart and brain. His current work includes studies on TRP channels and voltage-dependent sodium, potassium, and calcium channels in the context of pain and epilepsy.
Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry and Neuroscience, Co-Director of the Biological Chemistry Graduate Program, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Michael Caterina is a sensory neurobiologist with a focus on the molecular basis of pain and temperature sensation. He is currently an Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry and Neuroscience, a member of the newly founded Center for Sensory Biology, and Co-Director of the Biological Chemistry Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Mike and his colleagues discovered the first heat-gated TRP channel, the capsaicin receptor TRPV1, and went on to identify a number of related heat-gated TRP channels that play diverse roles in temperature sensation as well as other sensory and nonsensory processes. His work has been recognized with a number of national and international awards, including the Patrick Wall Young Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain in 2005. Mike received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and prior to that earned his bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University.Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine Sven-Eric Jordt is Assistant (Associate, from July 01, 2010) Professor of Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine. His research focuses on TRP ion channels in peripheral sensory neurons and their functions in pain, inflammation and respiratory function. Recent work contributed to the discovery of TRPA1 as a major pain transducer and mediator of airway inflammation, and to the discovery of TRPM8 as a biological sensor for environmental cold temperature. Dr. Jordt received his Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin in 1997 for studies on chloride channels in Dr. Thomas Jentsch’s group at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg. Before establishing his laboratory at Yale in 2005, Dr. Jordt worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. David Julius’ laboratory at UCSF. Dr. Jordt was awarded the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award by the NIEHS, the Early Excellence Award by the Sandler Program for Asthma Research, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
David Julius, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology University of California, San Francisco
David Julius is currently a Professor in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is interested in the molecular biology of sensory transduction and neurotransmitter action in the mammalian nervous system. One of his goals is to understand the molecular basis of somatosensation - the process whereby we experience touch and temperature - with an emphasis on identifying molecules that detect noxious (pain-producing) stimuli. He is also interested in understanding how somatosensation is altered in response to tissue or nerve injury. David received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark Nelson, Ph.D. Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Dr. Nelson is professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at University of Vermont, College of Medicine, where his lab is studying the control of smooth muscle cell function by the cell membrane. He is interested in examining the properties of calcium and potassium channels and ryanodine-sensitive calcium release channels. Calcium and potassium channels are the sites of action of several types of drugs that are used to treat cardiovascular disorders such as hypertension and angina. To understand the mechanism of action of these important drugs, the effects of these agents on calcium and potassium channel behavior are being investigated. Dr. Nelson is studying a combined approach utilizing single cell isolation, single channel and macroscopic recording techniques, intracellular calcium and calcium spark measurements using conventional fluorescent imaging techniques, laser scanning, and confocal microscopy, diameter and membrane potential measurements in intact pressurized arteries, and expression of ion channels. Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D. in Neural Sciences from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Michael Sanguinetti, Ph.D. Professor of Physiology, University of Utah
Michael Sanguinetti is currently a Professor of Physiology at the University of Utah, focusing on cardiac arrhythmias. Cardiac repolarization is dependent on activation of a surprisingly large number of potassium channels. Mutations in the genes encoding many of these channels cause inherited forms of cardiac arrhythmia. He uses site-directed mutagenesis of cloned channels and voltage clamp techniques to study the molecular basis of potassium channel dysfunction in these human disorders. In addition, he is exploring the molecular mechanisms that cause delayed rectifier and pacemaker channels to open and close in response to changes in transmembrane voltage. Dr. Sanguinetti received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and his bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University.
Clifford J. Woolf, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Anesthesia Research, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
Clifford Woolf, MB, BCh, PhD was appointed Director of the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center and the Program in Neurobiology at Children's Hospital Boston in February 2010. He is also a professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. After training for his MD and PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa, Dr. Woolf moved to England in 1979. He worked at University College London for close on 20 years, towards the latter part as a Professor of Neurobiology. In 1997, Dr. Woolf moved to Boston as the first incumbent of the Richard J Kitz Chair of Anesthesia Research at Harvard Medical School and established the Neural Plasticity Research Group, based in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Woolf is a faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and of the Department of Neurobiology and the Program in Immunology at Harvard Medical School.