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Chris Richards Lab - University of Kentucky

We are a multidisciplinary group which focuses on the biophysical characterization of membrane receptors. We apply techniques ranging from single molecule imaging to the application of nanofabricated plasmonic devices for bioimaging in order to gain insight into the role of membrane receptors in disease and addiction. Learn more here.



Henry lester lab - California institute of technology

What happens in the body when a person smokes a cigarette? What happens after several weeks of smoking? Why do dopaminergic neruons degenerate when people develop Parkinson's disease? And why does smoking appear to lower the probability of a person developing Parkinson's disease? The Lester lab uses techniques at the intersection of biophysics, single-molecule imaging, chemistry, mouse genetics, and neuroscience to understand the biophysical basis of ligand-gated ion channels including the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Recently our lab has shifted from focusing on the immediate effects of nicotine binding to receptors on the surface of nerve cells to what happens when that nicotine infiltrates deep into the cell. 

Funding Sources

K99/R00 DA040047 (PI - Henderson): 03/2015 - 05/2020

WV-INBRE NGS Grant (PI - Henderson): 08/2017 - 07/2018