Welcome to the Yellen Lab
Research in the Yellen lab is focused in two main areas:
The lab is studying the relationship between neuronal metabolism and excitability, with the ultimate goal of improving epilepsy treatment.
Related to this goal, we are also developing a series of fluorescent biosensors to monitor the levels of key metabolic molecules in living cells.
Previously, the lab focused on understanding the "moving parts" of ion channels, which are the membrane proteins that control electrical excitability in neurons. Beyond their basic interest, these studies have implications for the interaction of therapeutic drugs with ion channels.