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Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Houston, Texas

A BCM research lab.
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
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Neurophysiologists in the Department of Molecular Pyhsiology and Biophysics decipher molecular pathways that underlie perception and cognition. Using optical and magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiology and genetics, our scientists analyze sensory encoding, learning and memory, and disorders of the mammalian nervous system.

Areas of Research

Learning and Memory

  • mTOR pathway
  • Activity Dependent Neuronal plasticity
  • Dendritic Spine morphometry

Mechanosensitive Cells

  • Touch and Pain
  • Molecular Force sensors

Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Sandhoff's Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • 2-Photon Microscopy
  • Ultrasound