Our ability to respond rapidly to stimuli such as light, heat, touch, smell and sound is the key to our survival in an ever-changing environment. Electrical phenomenon underlies this fundamental ability to process sensory information and generate complex behavior. The overarching goal of our research is to understand the physico-chemical basis of electrical signal transduction in biology. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie function of members of the voltage-gated ion channel family. These molecules are involved in a wide variety of physiological processes that include but are not limited to cardiac pacemaking, reflex action, pain sensation, learning and memory.

We are a highly motivated but fun-loving group comprised of students and scientists with backgrounds in chemistry, engineering, physics, biochemistry and biology. We are interested in applying multidisciplinary approaches to study the fundamental mechanisms that determine the function of these pharmacologically important molecules. Our research involves collaborations with number of groups at UW-Madison and around the globe. We welcome you to explore this site, to learn more about our research and opportunities in the Chanda lab.


” I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet”– ┬áMary Shelley’s Frankenstein