Vitaly Klyachko, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Biophysics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MS, BS   Biophysics/Physics, Moscow State University


Principle Investigator

Pan-Yue Deng, M.D. Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Training: University of North Dakota, Washington University

Ph. D.      Pharmacology, Central South University, China

M.D.         Clinical Medicine, Hunan Medical University, China

Msc.         Neurobiology, Central South  University, China


Pan-Yue uses a variety of techniques including electrophysiology, immunocytochemisty, molecular biology and in vivo physiology and animal models to study the functional changes—synaptic activities and ion channel functions, at the molecular and cellular levels—of the limbic system of the brain in physiological and pathological conditions (such as, Fragile X syndrome).  He is seeking clues to treat neurological diseases.


Post Docs:

Ziv Rotman, Ph.D.

David Sojka, Ph.D.
Amy Peng, Ph.D.
Umasankar Kandaswamy, Ph.D.


Undergraduate Students:

Stephen Gradwohl
Shadow Kaimeng Du
Ian Schillebeeckx
Anubodh Varshney
Eric Schwartz
Mike Graber
Kyle Ortjen

Past Lab Members

Post Docs

Dario Maschi, Ph.D.

Ph.D.  Neuronal Cell Biology, University of Buenos Aires

M.S., B.S.  Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Buenos Aires


Dario's research interests lie in understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. Several forms of synaptic plasticity are related with the behavior of vesicle in the presynaptic terminals.  His main focus is in understanding and characterizing the vesicle cycle, and specifically, how it is affected in neurological disorders such as Fragile X Syndrome.  In order to investigate this process, he uses in-vivo super-resolution microscopy and genetic tools.

Matt Strulson, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, Elizabethtown College

M.S. Chemistry, Bucknell University

Ph.D. Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis


Matt is a postdoc who is currently working on tracking presynaptic vesicles with nanometer resolution.


Domini manages the mouse colony for the lab.


Domini Montgomery