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Rory Fisher, PhD

Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Office: 2-512 BSB
Office Phone: 319-335-8330

Lab: 2-505 BSB

Lab Website: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/pharmacology/profile/rory-fisher

Molecular biology and signal transduction of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and RGS proteins

Research in the Fisher lab focuses on the molecular/cellular biology and signaling/physiological roles of Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins. RGS proteins function as essential negative regulators of G protein-coupled receptor signaling by virtue of their ability to terminate heterotrimeric G protein signaling. Our recent studies have determined that one member of this family, RGS6, plays a critical role in numerous neuropsychiatric diseases including anxiety/depression, Parkinson’s, and alcohol seeking/dependence, as well as in cancer and heart disease. While mice lacking RGS6 survive, they exhibit remarkably diverse phenotypes owing to the central role of G protein signaling in biology and the ability of RGS6 to signal by entirely novel G protein-independent mechanisms. Together with a cross-disciplinary team of collaborators at the University of Iowa we employ a breadth of techniques in these projects, including CRISPR-generated mice, mouse behavioral analyses, brain region-specific viral manipulation of RGS protein expression, optogenetics, as well as molecular genetic and cellular biological approaches.

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Department/Program Affiliations:
Internal Medicine
Molecular Medicine
Neuroscience and Pharmacology