University of Otago.Department of Physiology.Department of Physiology.

Empson Lab

Associate Professor Ruth Empson

Ruth Empson

Associate Professor

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 4797464
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: ruth.empson@otago.ac.nz

Member of Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience and Membrane & Ion Transport.

Member of The University of Otago Brain Health Research Centre and The Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR) Organising Committee.

Research interests

The research in this laboratory uses a combination of electrophysiology, live imaging and molecular approaches to better understand the consequences of modifications to neuronal circuits. Our special interest lies with those circuits, or networks that contribute to our ability to make controlled movements; those within the cerebellum and the motor cortex. This research has relevance for addressing the highly debilitating and poorly treated movement disorders such as ataxia, motor neurone disease and spinal injury. We are also becoming increasingly interested in the contribution from the cerebellum to cognitive processes and its disruption in the poorly treated disorder autism.

Keywords

Cerebellum, Motor cortex, Electrophysiology, Ca2+ signalling, Ataxia, PMCA2, NCX

Expertise

Projects

Current funding

Previous funding

Collaborators

Lab personnel

Emma Deeney

Emma Deeney

Parul Dixit

Parul Dixit

Manju Ganesh

Manju Ganesh

Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim

Javier Jiminez Martin

Javier Jiminez Martin

Kyoko Potapov

Kyoko Potapov

Daniil Potapov

Daniil Potapov

Dr Emmet Power

Emmet Power


Previous lab personnel

Selected publications

Teaching

Emma Deeney

Emma Deeney

BSc(Hons) NEUR

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 7383
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: deeem152@student.otago.ac.nz

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Parul Dixit

Parul Dixit

PhD Student/Assistant Research Fellow

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 7512
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: dixpa159@student.otago.ac.nz

Thesis topic: Identifying the best source of stem cells for cardiac regeneration.

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Manju Ganesh

Manju Ganesh

PhD student

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 5210
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: ganma472@student.otago.ac.nz

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Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim

PhD Student

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 7337
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: ibrmo047@student.otago.ac.nz

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Javier Jiminez Martin

Javier Jiminez Martin

PhD Student

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 5201
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: jimja443@student.otago.ac.nz

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Kyoko Potapov

Kyoko Potapov

Assistant Research Fellow

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 5210
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: kyoko.potapov@otago.ac.nz

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Daniil Potapov

Daniil Potapov

Assistant Research Fellow

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: daniil.potapov@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Emmet Power

Emmet Power

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4236
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: emmet.power@otago.ac.nz

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A summer research project is an excellent way to get a taste for what scientific research is like. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in carrying on with science beyond undergraduate level.

Xander Seymour - Summer Research Student 2010/2011