Edward C. Cooper NB204 713-798-4939
MD/PhD (MSTP) Yale Medical School
Neurology Residency UCSF
Postdoc UCSF Mentors via Neurotree
It is amazing that each nerve cell deploys just the right number of channels in just the right places. I am interested in how this happens--and how alteration in channel trafficking and modulation underlie disease. I hope that new drug targets and new therapeutic strategies will emerge from this effort.
Fun Fact: I am enjoying getting in shape with summer outdoor exercise in Texas.
PhD Tohoku University
BS University of Texas San Antonio
BCM Human and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program
BS San Francisco State University
BCM Neuroscience Graduate Program
For each of us, experience is variable in important ways, from moment to moment, day to day. I have been fascinated with ion channels as internal representations of this variability, both in health and in diseases such as epilepsy that have episodic symptoms. In 1998, I began lab studies of KCNQ2 and KCNQ3 channels that were, then, newly linked to neonatal onset epilepsy. In my clinical work with people with epilepsy, I try to combine humanistic and scientific approaches in order to minimize the effects of illness. In the lab, we work as a team to develop new understanding of channels, disease, and therapy.
Fun Fact: Still riding to work on the bike I used as a Jan Lab postdoc 20 years ago!
PhD Shanghai Institutes for Biological Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ion channels located in cell membrane underlie the electrical signal of animal physiology. Through these signals, we see, hear, smile, taste and touch the wonderful world, and we think, we move, we enjoy the excitement of life. On the other hand, it is very clearly that the mutation of ion channel results in channel diseases. I am interested in investigating the mechanisms of epilepsy and the strategy for treating epilepsy. In my project, I study the epilepsy-related ion channel to prompt the development of drugs that have fewer side effects.
I have a strong interest in neurological disorders and development. I am studying KCNQ2 missense mutations that lead to infantile epileptic encephalopathies and how alterations in subcellular distribution may contribute to phenotype.
Fun Fact: It is imperative that I go home often to California so I can hug trees.
My interests are focused on identifying neurological mechanisms regulating emotion using a multidisciplinary approach encompassing genetics, neuroscience and psychiatry. Epidemiological data suggest a biological relationship between mood disorders and epilepsy, and I joined the lab to expand our efforts to understand this.
Fun fact: I enjoy skydiving and bungee jumping.
BDS Maharshi Dayanand University
MPH University of Texas School of Public Health Houston
Fun fact: I do yoga and cooking to destress myself.
I am a studying epidemiology with a Maternal and Child Health concentration and doing my Curriculum Practical Training in the lab. I am highly motivated to work towards development of treatment of a KCNQ2 linked epileptic encephalopathy. My work encompasses managing lab activities such as ordering and budgeting as well as more research and networking oriented tasks such as working on grant proposals, IRB applications and managing project website.
Former Trainees (Subsequent position/institution)
Jack Tsao, MD PhD (Asst. Prof. of Neurology/USUHS Univ.)
Emily Harrington (MSTP student, Neuroscience/UCSF )
Sudeep Shivakumar (medical resident/Dalhousie Univ.)
Melissa Ehlers (PhD student/UCSF)
Toral Surti (psychiatry resident/Yale)
Julia Lemos (PhD student/Univ. of WA)
Ignacio Valencia, MD (Asst. Prof. of Neurology/Drexel Univ.)
Steve Cranstoun PhD (postdoc/Penn)
Alexis Hill (Ph.D. student/Columbia Univ.)
David Lapides (neurology resident, Univ. VA)
Jaime Fineman (medical student, Penn)