Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Gabriella  Sekerka, MVDr, CSc

Gabriella Sekerka, MVDr, CSc

Research Assistant Professor of Physiology

Focus of Work

Bio

My research is focused on sensory neuroscience with special interest in espins, a novel family of multifunctional actin-bundling proteins. These proteins are present at high concentration in the parallel actin bundle of hair cell stereocilia, in the microvilli of taste receptor cells, solitary chemoreceptor cells, vomeronasal sensory neurons and Merkel cells. Mutations in espin gene cause deafness and vestibular dysfunction in mice and humans. I am investigating the effect of these mutations on ...[Read full text]My research is focused on sensory neuroscience with special interest in espins, a novel family of multifunctional actin-bundling proteins. These proteins are present at high concentration in the parallel actin bundle of hair cell stereocilia, in the microvilli of taste receptor cells, solitary chemoreceptor cells, vomeronasal sensory neurons and Merkel cells. Mutations in espin gene cause deafness and vestibular dysfunction in mice and humans. I am investigating the effect of these mutations on the sensory systems during development and adulthood.
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Education and Certification

  • MVDr, CSc: University of Veterinary Med, Slovakia (1987)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Neuroscience (2001)

Contact

312-503-4301
312-503-4307

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Chicago IL 60611