Chris Dulla, PhD

Chris Dulla

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience



BS, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, University of Arizona
PhD, Neuroscience, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Postdoctoral Training, Stanford University School of Medicine


Campus: Boston
Office: South Cove 203
Laboratory: South Cove 201

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-3844
Lab Phone: 617-636-3418
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience


Research Synopsis

The principal goal of my research is to understand how neurotransmission contributes to the function of neuronal networks. Neurotransmission is the most basic unit of neuronal communication. Disruption of the basic features of neurotransmission is associated with many neurological diseases. My lab aims to understand how specific properties of synaptic function contribute to network activity, and how changes in neurotransmission are involved in the pathology of disease states such as epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. We are specifically interested in astrocyte glutamate uptake, astrocyte/neuron interactions, GABAergic interneuron development, and metabolic control of neuronal activity. Using advanced neurotransmitter imaging, electrophysiological techniques, and more, my lab aims to answer questions about how neuronal network function is shaped by some of the most basic parameters of neurotransmission. We hope to contribute new understanding and novel therapies to treat epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and other devastating neurological diseases.


Lab Members

Moritz Armbruster, Research Assistant Professor Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Elliot Kim, Research Technician Send an e-mail
Jenny Koenig, MD, PhD Student in Neuroscience  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Ashley Ortiz, PREP Scholar Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Jennifer Shih, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Mary Sommer, Research Assistant  Send an e-mail

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research