Welcome to the Furukawa Laboratory

Research in the Furukawa Laboratory is aimed at understanding the molecular basis for cellular signaling initiated by cell surface proteins such as ion channels and receptors. How did nature come up with the method to mediate chemistry that takes place at or around the biological membranes? How do cell surface receptors regulate their functions and elicit cellular signaling? Can cellular signaling for neuroplasticity and neurodegeneration be represented by defined patterns of molecular assembly? We try to answer those fundamental questions by a combination of structural biology, biochemistry, electrophysiology, and biophysics.