Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

University of Iowa


Amy Lee, Ph.D.

Amy received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Virginia with Kevin Lynch working on adrenergic receptor localization in the brain. She developed an interest in Ca2+ channels during her postdoctoral training with Bill Catterall at the University of Washington. She is broadly interested in how Ca2+ channel regulation, by a variety of factors, controls cellular function in the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Aside from doing experiments and brainstorming with people in the lab, Amy enjoys running, biking, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Amy's CV

Research Scientists


Sodikdjon Kodirov, Ph.D.

Sodikdjon earned an MS in Physiology and a PhD in Biophysics from Saint Petersburg University, Russia with Vladimir L. Zhuravlev. He also earned a PhD in Internal Medicine from University of Heidelberg, Germany with Johannes Brachmann. Since then, he has been intensively involved in research addressing neural control of cardiac function in mollusks as well as properties of cardiac and neuronal ion channels, and synaptic plasticity in mammals.



Keith Bryan, Ph.D.

Keith received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa with Peter Rubenstein working on mutations in γ-non-muscle actin that cause DFNA20/26,an autosomal dominant non-syndromic form progressive hearing loss. He is broadly interested in how auditory hair cells, the primary sound-transducing cells of the inner ear, function in hearing. Currently, he is investigating the role of CaBPs in ion channel modulation and determining the role of CaBP5 in hair cell function. Besides performing experiments, Keith enjoys golfing, motorcycling, watching college football & wrestling, lifting weights, and spending time with his wife and children.


Elizabeth Scholl, Ph.D.

Liz received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Tufts University in Boston, where she worked on identifying mechanisms that target potassium channels to efferent synapses in cochlear hair cells. She joined the Lee lab in 2012 to continue to pursue her interest in synaptic ion channels. She is currently studying the function and regulation of voltage-gated calcium channels at synapses in the cochlea and in the brain. When she's not in the lab, Liz loves cooking, knitting, swimming, camping, and spending time with friends and family.


Vasily Kerov, Ph.D.

Vasily received his Ph.D. in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa with Nikolai Artemyev working on the mechanism of transducin (a G-protein) translocation in photoreceptor cells. Currently, Vasily, co-mentored by Sheila Baker (Dept of Biochemistry), is doing research on the role of Cav1.4 calcium channel in the maintenance of photoreceptor synapse and night-blindness (CSNB2). He also is working to identify the trafficking determinants of the channel. Vasily is also interested in neuroscience in general and particlularly in synapse development, function and maintenance. Outside the lab, Vasily spends much time with his family, and recently started sailing.

Grad Students

Shi Yi

Shiyi Wang, B.S.

Shiyi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology from University College London in the United Kingdom in 2011. She came to the Lee lab to explore the interactions of L-type Ca2+ channels and Densin-180 in the summer of 2011. At present, she is PhD student in Physiology and is studying the roles of Densin and RGS14 in ion channel regulation. Except spending time withproteins, she enjoys listening to music, reading, doing yoga, travelling and talking with her parents on Skype.


Jessica Thomas, B.S.

Jessica Thomas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Alabama State University in 2010. Broadly she is interested in the mechanisms in that underlie learning and memory. She came to the Lee lab in the summer of 2011 to explore the modulatory effects of RGS14 on L-type Ca2+ channels. At present, she is PhD student in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program and is studying the roles of neurotransmitters and G proteins in ion channel regulation. Outside of lab, she enjoys singing, traveling, and hanging with friends.


Brittany Williams, B.S.

Brittany Williams received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Delaware State University in 2012. She is currently a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. She is interested in the accessory α(2)δ-4 subunit of Cav channels and its roles in the retina and brain. Outside of lab, Brittany enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Lab Manager


Bhuvana Parampalli, B.A.

Bhuvana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Psychology and Literature from Bangalore University, India. She joined Lee lab the summer of 2012 as Administrative Services Coordinator. In the past, she has served as an Office Assistant at the University of Michigan and Georgia Health Sciences. Currently, she manages general lab administrative duties and as a secretary for Dr. Amy Lee. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

Undergraduate Assistants


Molly Miller, B.A.

Molly (Mary Caroline) Miller graduated from Grinnell College in May 2013 with degrees in psychology and neuroscience. She joined the Lee lab in June of that year, and has enjoyed the opportunity to work in a scientific setting. She is currently pursuing a second degree in biology from the University of Iowa. In her spare time, Molly enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, dancing, playing piano, and reading.


Hyeong Jin (Daniel) Soh

Daniel is a senior, majoring in Human Physiology at University of Iowa. He joined the Lee lab in May of 2011. His research project is about finding the expression level of Calcium- binding protein 1 in mouse's tongue and how it affects the ability to taste. He is currently enrolled in Honors Research program to graduate with honors in Human Physiology B.S. Outside lab, he enjoys playing guitar, listening to music and playing sports with friends when he is away from work.


Jordan Cervantes


Grant Stalker



Postdoctoral Fellows:

Anisha Moring, Ph.D., Technology Acquisition Contracts Coordinator at Merial Limited

Kuai Yu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University

Guiying Cui, Ph.D., Lecturer, Emory University

Irina Calin-Jageman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Dominican University

Federick Gregory, Ph.D., Program Manager, Army Research Office

Akira Inagaki, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nagoya City University, Japan

Carl Christel, Ph.D., Scientist, Sirion Biotech, Germany

Graduate Students:

Alyssa Tippens, Ph.D., Senior Medical Writer, Envision Communications

Lisa Kreiner, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology, Emory University

Meagan Jenkins, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pharmacology, Emory University

Kristin Kim, M.S., Research Associate, Emory University

Undergraduate Students:

Drake Bouzek, B.S., Research Associate, University of Iowa

Natalia Cardona, B.S., PhD student, Biomedical Engineering, University of California-Davis

Research Associates:

Xiaoni Liu, B.A., PhD student, Molecular Cellular Biology, Yale University