Structural Biology and Electrophysiology

Du Laboratory
The Du Laboratory investigates the brain’s intricate signaling network using state-of-the-art structural biology techniques, such as cryo-EM.

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Lab Funding


Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences

Sloan Research Fellowship

McKnight Scholar Award for Neuroscience

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Dr. Zheng Ruan upon being awarded a two-year American Heart Association (AHA) Postdoctoral Fellowship starting in January 2020. Thanks AHA for supporting our research!

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Researchers explore how the human body senses temperature
Kara Coleman & Jennifer Villa | Pew
18 Dec 2020

Join our team

Two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions and one senior research scientist position (patch-clamp electrophysiology) are available in the laboratory of Dr. Juan Du at Van Andel Institute. The Du Laboratory is interested in understanding how human body senses external stimuli, conveys the signals to the brain and generates responses via neuronal ion channels. To address these fundamental questions, our lab uses a diverse set of approaches to study the structure and function of these important ion channels by combining single-particle cryo-EM, patch-clamp electrophysiology, X-ray crystallography, and other function approaches (for examples, see articles Huang Y et al 2019Fan C et al 2018; Winkler PA et al 2017). Experience with electrophysiology and/or protein biochemistry is preferred. Interested persons should send a CV and a cover letter to Dr. Du here.