Dan Cox, PhD

Daniel Cox, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience



BA, Biochemistry, University of Virginia
PhD, Neuroscience, Sackler School, Tufts University
Postdoctoral Training, Stanford Medical School


Campus: Boston
Office: South Cove 206
Laboratory: South Cove 201

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-0305
Lab Phone: 617-636-0831
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Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental BiologyNeuroscience


Research Synopsis

Ion channel proteins form pores in the surface of living cells. When these pores are open, they create electrical currents that are essential to many biological processes including the generation of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and the release of neurotransmitters. Our research focuses on a certain type of ion channel, the calcium-activated potassium channel, also known as the BKCa channel. My lab is studying how this channel is activated by calcium and how auxiliary subunits confer tissue-specific functional properties on the channel. Also, the lab is examining the interactions between the BKCa channel and voltage-gated calcium channels. Our work employs molecular biological, electrophysiological, and computer modeling approaches.


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