MD, 1982, Tufts University School of Medicine
BA, 1978, Brandeis University
2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Member, National Academy of Science
Electrical signals play many roles in the body. They control the pace of the heart, regulate the secretion of hormones into the bloodstream and transfer information from one cell to the next in the nervous system. The MacKinnon lab’s research is aimed at understanding the physical and chemical principles underlying electricity in biology, particularly the passage of inorganic ions, such as potassium and chloride, across cell membranes.