Johannes Hell

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Pharmacology - Medicine

Offices and Labs

2419D Tupper Hall
530 752 6540
530 752 7551


1991 PhD Biochemistry University of Munich

Research Interests

Dr. Hell’s laboratory works on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurotransmission at synapses in the brain.

We study the molecular architecture of the postsynaptic site of glutamatergic synapses in the mammalian brain. We use biochemical, cell biological and electrophysiological methods to investigate how various structural proteins anchor postsynaptic glutamate receptors. We  investigate how  postsynaptic signaling by calcium influx and by protein kinase A (PKA) and other kinases and phosphatases defines postsynaptic glutamate receptor trafficking and accumulation under physiological conditions as occurring during learning. We also study mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD.


Society for Neuroscience

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Signal Transduction

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Pharmacology and Toxicology (PTX)