Elizabeth Haswell

Elizabeth Haswell

Associate Professor
Grand Emailer
Office: 
McDonnell 221
Phone: 
314-935-9223

I am interested in how molecules, cellular structures, and entire organisms perceive force. Little is known about signaling in response to stimuli that are mechanical in nature, such as pressure, temperature, or gravity--signals that are crucial for normal growth and development. My group is currently characterizing a family mechanosensitive ion channels related to the bacterial channel MscS using live-imaging, single channel patch clamp electrophysiology, and complementary biochemical and molecular genetic approaches. These studies promise insight into the strategies used by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells to sense mechanical stimuli.