Dr. Erkan Karakas joins the MPB faculty

Dr. Erkan Karakas has signed on to join us as an Assistant Professor on the tenure-track some time before January 1, 2017. Erkan will develop a program focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms and regulation of calcium signaling by inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptors (IP3Rs) and the mitochondrial calcium uniporter. During postdoctoral training with Dr. Hiro Furukawa at Cold Spring Harbor, Dr. Karakas published several papers in very high profile journals (e.g., Nature, Science, EMBO Journal) focused on structural analyses of the NMDA-type glutamate receptor, the major initiator of synaptic plasticity mechanisms underlying learning and memory in the CNS.