Welcome to the Furukawa Laboratory

Research in the Furukawa Lab 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 membrane? How is the signaling that follows the molecular event at the membrane mediated? Can cellular signaling for neuroplasticity and neurodegeneration be represented by patterns of molecular assembly? We try to answer these fundamental questions from the perspective of structural biology, biochemistry, electrophysiology, and biophysics.