Welcome to the Teruyama Lab

an image of the Teruyama lab members

Our research interest has been focused on neuroendocrine neurons in the hypothalamus. These neurons produce the hormones of the neurohypophysis (the posterior lobe of the pituitary), as well as releasing/inhibitory factors that regulate the release of the hormones of the adenohypophysis (the anterior lobe of the pituitary). These hormones, in turn, directly or indirectly influence almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. By these means, the hypothalamus is instrumental in maintaining homeostasis, reproductive processes, and coordinating body growth and development.

The Teruyama lab is first and foremost interested in understanding the cellular regulation of ion channel properties that are shaping the firing patterns that ultimately regulate the hormone release in response to physiological demands. To this end, our ongoing projects employ a multi-disciplinary approach combining electrophysiology, pharmacological and genetic manipulations, Ca++ imaging, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization, and single-cell RT-PCR to address ion-channel properties of these neurons. Please visit our Research page for the current projects in my laboratory.

The goals of the Teruyama Lab

  • Do good science in a diverse and nurturing environment
  • Promote rigorous, transparent, and reproducible research
  • Produce independent, generous, and professional scientists
  • Engage the public with our research