Arturo Ponce, Ph.D.

Title
Investigator
Department
Departments of Physiology, Biophysics, and Neuroscience
Institution
Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV)
Address
Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional # 2508
Col San Pedro Zacatenco
City
Mexico City
Country
Mexico
E-mail
aponce[at]fisio.cinvestav.mx
Website
http://www.fisio.cinvestav.mx/academicos/ponce/index.html
Research Field
Cell Biology; Parasitology
Award Year
1993
Country Of Origin
Mexico
Mentor Name
Bernardo Rudy, M.D., Ph.D.

Research

Ion channels are membrane proteins whose main function is to allow the passage of ions through the membrane of cells. The object of my lab is to identify the electrophsyiological and molecular characteristics of ion channels in parasites. (Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Trichomonas vaginalis and Toxoplasma sp). We use electrophysiological methods such as patch clamping lipid bilayers and injection of RNA into Xenopus embryos for our studies. We have recently cloned a gene from an amoeba that is similar to a chloride channel and we are currently testing its function.