Research Day 2009 - Friday, September 18

The 13th annual Research Day held by the Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology will address the theme of Cellular Representations of Physiological States.

This annual event serves to introduce our research to new students and faculty, and to promote productive scientific interactions and collaborations throughout the Health Science programs within and beyond UNC-Chapel Hill.  Registration is free of charge.

Cellular Representations of Physiological States

Schedule of Events: 

10:30AM - 1:00 PM: Seminars by Physiology Faculty
Medical Biomolecular Research Building, Ground Floor Auditorium (Room G202)

Dr. Ellie Tzima


“Mechanosensory Complexes in the Endothelium”

Eleni Tzima, PhD

Dr. Tzima, Assistant Professor of Cell & Molecular Physiology and member of the Carolina Cardiovascular Center, investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which endothelial cells sense and respond to blood flow, and the effects of hemodynamics on vessel physiology and pathology.



Dr. Mark Zylka

“Biochemical Modulation of Nociceptive Circuits”

Mark Zylka, PhD

Dr. Zylka, Assistant Professor of Cell & Molecular Physiology and a member of the Neuroscience Center, focuses on novel molecular modulators of pain, their consequences for pain circuitry, function, and perception, and new pain therapies.




1:00 PM - 2:00PM:  Lunch for registered attendees (MBRB, Ground Floor Lobby)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Poster session #1 (2nd Floor Lobby MBRB)
                              Department members present their research
Guidelines and instructions for posters and submission of abstracts >>

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Coffee break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM:  Poster session #2 (2nd Floor Lobby MBRB)
                               Department members present their research

Dr. Eve Marder

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
"Variability, Compensation, and Neuromodulation in Neuronal Circuits"
Eve Marder, Ph.D.
Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB), 2nd Floor Auditorium (Room 2204)

Dr. Marder, Professor of Biology at Brandeis University, is a pioneer in the study of information representation and processing in complex neural circuits. Her elegant analyses of circuitry, molecular mediators, physiological dynamism and its relationship to feeding behavior in the lobster provide a template for current thinking about how nerve cells use their individual molecular identity, and cell-cell interactions (synaptic and electrical) to tell an organism about current physiological states and guide modifications to change behavior.


5:00 - 5:15 PM: Poster prize distribution (2nd Floor Lobby MBRB)

5:30 - 7:00 PM: Reception for registered attendees (Carolina Inn Front Porch)