Lab Members

Charles Luetje (PI) · Devin Kepchia · Ana Castro · Benjamin Sherman · Former Members · The Robots
 
   
Charles Luetje, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
 
 
 
  
Research Interests
Dr. Luetje’s research interests lie within the general area of receptor structure and function, with a particular emphasis on ligand recognition.  The central focus of his research program is currently the olfactory receptors of insects and mammals.  The Luetje Lab also continues to study the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors of the mammalian nervous system.  A variety of techniques are used, including conventional mutagenesis, substituted cysteine accessibility mutagenesis, functional assay by robotic electrophysiology, and computational receptor modeling and virtual ligand docking.
  
Education & Experience
B.S., California State University at Long Beach, 1982.
  
Ph.D., Pharmacology (with Neil Nathanson), University of Washington, 1987.
  
Postdoctoral, Molecular Neurobiology (with Jim Patrick), Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 1987-1988.
  
Postdoctoral, Neuroscience (with Jim Patrick), Baylor College of Medicine, 1989-1991.
  
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1991-1997.
  
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1997-2003.
  
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2003-present.
  
Chairman, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2010-present.