Christopher N. Johnson
The Johnson Laboratory: From Atoms to Hearts to Health (AH2)
We study atoms to understand hearts and improve human health
Christopher N. Johnson, Ph.D. Dr. Johnson is a structural biologist that utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how calcium modifies the function of proteins in excitable cells such as ion channels. Working at the interface of science and medicine, his laboraotries research combines structural biology, biophysics, and electrophysiology to understand how the intracellular calcium sensing protein “calmodulin” senses changes in calcium concentration and modifies protein-protein interactions. By developing a detailed understanding of structure (NMR), function (whole cell patch clamp), and timing (stopped-flow), they seek to: (i) understand mechanisms that govern physiology, and genetically driven channelopathies, (ii) develop small molecule probes that test our models, and (iii) explore novel strategies for treating excitable cell disease.
GRADUATE STUDENT SCIENTISTS
Afsar Alam Following completion of his MS at University of Dhaka and six years as a research scientist at ICDDR,B, Afsar joined our team to expand his skills in molecular and cellular cardiac physiology.
Research Focus: Post-translational modification of ion channel function and calcium signaling in cardiomycoytes.
Developing Skills: Cardiomyocyte Isolation, Calcium Imaging by Confocal Microscopy, and whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology
Hobbies: Cricket, Gardening, and Fishing
Taylor Agee Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Taylor received her B.S. in Chemistry from Mississippi State in 2021. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in the Johnson laboroatry.
Research Focus: pH modification of voltage gated ion channel function
Developing Skills: Cell Culture, iPSC-CMs, CRISPR Cas9 editing, and Whole Cell Patch-Clamp Electrophysiology
Hobbies: Coaching the MSU Dance Team
Rita Gyawu Completed her BS from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
Research Focus: Describing Mechanisms of Pharmecutical Modification of Voltage Gated Ion Channels.
Developing Skills: Whole Cell Patch Clamp Electrophysiology
Hobbies: Reading and Long Car Rides
Sara Garcia Originally from Colorado, Sara joined our team after completing her BS in Biochemistry from Colorado State University.
Rsearch Focus: Biophysics of calcium sensing by calmodulin
Developing Skills: Recominant Protein Production, Solution NMR Spectroscopy, Molecular Biology
Hobbies: Reading and Murder Mystery Shows
Garrett Knotts Congratulations to Garrett on his Recent Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award!
Developing Skills: Solution NMR, Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Hobbies: Rock Climbing and Hiking
Developing Skills: Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Protein Purification
Hobbies: Playing Soccer and White-Water Rafting
Developing Skills: Molecular Dynamic Simulations of Ion Channels
Hobbies: Playing the Violin and the Ukulele
Ryan B. Williams
Check out my recent publication doi.org/10.1016/j.ceca.2023.102752
Torien M. Beard
Stay tuned manuscript coming soon