Martin Kruse

Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Associations

Biology

Carnegie Science Hall, Room 310

Neuroscience

Carnegie Science Hall, Room 310

207-753-5932mkruse@bates.edu

About

Professor Kruse’s research is centered around the question how cells of the nervous system regulate their activity. Neurons are permanently exchanging information, and their activity patterns change in milliseconds; however, our understanding of the processes underlying these rapid changes in neuronal activity is still limited. During the last decade, a small class of phospholipids named phosphoinositides has emerged as a key regulator of most aspects of a neuron’s life, and the levels of specific phosphoinositides as well as their localization in a nerve cell profoundly influence neuronal signaling. He is using a combination of genetic, biochemical, electrophysiological, and computational approaches to characterize the multiple roles phosphoinositides fulfill in nerve cells.