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



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. We are studying how this channel is activated by calcium and how auxiliary subunits confer tissue-specific functional properties on the channel. We are also examining the mechanisms by which this channel is regulated in vascular smooth muscle by estrogens, an effect that is thought to help protect women against cardiovascular disease.


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