Eric Delpire, Ph.D.Professor of Anesthesiology and Molecular and Biophysics (MPB)Light Hall 1265Lab Phone615-343-7409Lab AddressLight hall2215B Garland AveNashvilleTennessee37232
Director, Anesthesiology Basic Science Division
B.H. Robbins Director in Anesthesiology Research
Instructors / Staff Scientists
Rainelli KoumangoyeResearch InstructorLight Hall 1255
Rainelli is currently investigating regulatory mechanisms of SPAK/OSR1 kinases.
Rainelli attended Meharry Medical college where he obtained his Ph.D in biomedical sciences. He also attended the University of Montreal in Quebec where he majored in biochemistry (B.S.), and Laval University where he obtained a Masters in Sciences in Molecular Biology.
Mohammed Z. FerdausStaff Scientist, Light Hall 1255
Mohammed is currently investigating the role of KCC3a in K+ loss in alkalemia
Mohammed Ferdaus obtained his Ph.D. at Shimane University, Izumo, Japan. He then did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University, Massachusetts, prior to joining the laboratory.
Bianca FloresGraduate studentNeuroscience
Training in Fundamental Neuroscience 2015-2017
Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine 2015-2018
Bianca is involved with studies of KCC3; understanding how genetically-modified mutant mice can be used to understand the molecular mechanisms leading to peripheral nerve disease in humans.
Bianca attended the University of Rochester where she obtained her B.S. in neuroscience.
Salma OmerGraduate studentNeuroscience Program
Training in Fundamental Neuroscience 2016-2018
Salma received a B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ghali AbdelmessihResearch Assistant II
Kerri RiosLaboratory Manager
Thomas Austin, M.D.Associate Professor of AnesthesiologyEmory University
(2009 - 2014) Studied the relationship between KCC2 and pain perception
Studied the binding of peptides and inhibitors to the SPAK kinase binding pocket
Kenneth Gagnon, Ph.DAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Medicine, University of Louisville
(2003 - 2011) Studied the regulation of NKCC1 by WNK4 and SPAK/OSR1 kinases
Published 16 manuscripts in the lab!
(2012 - 2014) Identified a protease that cleaves SPAK
J. Biol. Chem. 289: 29273-29284 (2014)
(2000 - 2003) Discovered and studied SPAK / cation-chloride cotransporters interaction
J. Biol. Chem. 277: 50812-50819, 2002.
J. Biol. Chem. 278: 52848‑52856, 2003.
(2010 - 2014) Studied the regulation of NKCC1 by Cab39, WNK4, and SPAK
Am. J. Physiol. Cell Physiol. 303(11), C1198-C1205, 2012.
J. Biol. Chem. 289: 17680-17688, 2014.
Former Graduate Students
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt
Graduated in 2007
Graduated in 2014
NIH, Office of Director
Graduated in 2008
Regulation of the neuronal K+-Cl- cotransporter, KCC2, by protein associated with myc
AHA-Fellowship (2004-2006), AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship Summer 2004
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PostDoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics - Human Gene Therapy, Stanford University
Research Scientist, Gladstone Institute
Graduated in 2007
KCC2 and NKCC1 in the control of neuronal Cl- and brain excitability
Cara C. SchornakGraduate Student, Neuroscience Program
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program 2015-2016
Training in Fundamental Neuroscience 2016- 2019
M.S. (Neuroscience), Vanderbilt University 2019
Cara received her B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2015.
Former Undergraduate Students
Senior, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Jordan worked on understanding cell physiology with OXR1 receptor and NKCC1.
Jordan is currently working towards his goals of becoming a physician-scientist with a focus in oncology.