Grant Walters, PhD

Photo of Grant WaltersAddress: 2-440 BSB
Phone: (319) 353-3887

Mentor: Yuriy M. Usachev, PhD

PhD Institution: University of Iowa, 2022

Research Description

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Ca2+ Transport in Neurons and Its Role in Neuronal Plasticity, Survival and Neurodegeneration


  • Graduate College Summer Fellowship, 2020
  • Best Predoctoral Poster Award, CCOM Health Science Research Week, 2018
  • Fellowship appointment on the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (NIH T32 GM067795), University of Iowa, 2017-2019


  1. Rysted, J.E., Lin, Z., Walters, G.C., Rauckhorst, A.J., Noterman, M., Liu, G., Taylor, E.B., Strack, S., Usachev, Y.M.: Distinct Properties of Ca2+ Efflux from Brain, Heart and Liver Mitochondria: The Effects of Na+, Li+ and the Mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ Exchange Inhibitor CGP37157. Cell Calcium, 96:102382, 2021.  PMCID: PMC8187304
  2. Flippo, K.H., Lin, Z., Dickey, A.S., Zhou, X., Dhanesha, N.A., Walters, G.C., Liu, Y., Merrill, R.A., Meller, R., Simon, R.P., Chauhan, A.K., Usachev, Y.M., and Strack, S.:  Deletion of a neuronal Drp1 activator protects against cerebral ischemia. J Neurosci 40(15):3119-3129, 2020.  PMCID: PMC7141887 
  3. Jensen-Cody, S.O., Flippo, K.H., Claflin, K.E., Yavuz, Y., Sapouckey, S.A., Walters, G.C., Usachev, Y.M., Atasoy, D., Gillum, M.P., Potthoff, M.J.:  FGF21 Signals to Glutamatergic Neurons in the Ventromedial Hypothalamus to Suppress Carbohydrate Intake. Cell Metabolism. 32(2):273-286.e6, 2020.  PMID: 32640184