Refugio García-Villegas, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Department of Physiology, Biophysics & Neuroscience
Institution
Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV)
Address
Av. I.P.N. No. 2508
Col. San Pedro Zacatenco
City
Mexico City
Country
Mexico
E-mail
rgarciav[at]fisio.cinvestav.mx
Website
www.fisio.cinvestav.mx/academicos/refugio
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
1997
Country Of Origin
Mexico
Mentor Name
Gail Mandel, Ph.D.

Research

The main theme of my research is to understand the regulation of sodium channel expression in neurons of the peripheral nervous system. Specifically, we are 1) Characterizing the transcriptional promoters of Nax sodium channels from human and mouse. 2) Searching for the transcriptional regulators (enhancers) required for neuronal expression. 3) Exploring the molecular evolution of the Nax sodium channelsIn addition we are identifying potassium channels and other ion channels in corneal epithelial cells and analyzing their possible role in proliferation and differentiation.