Antonios Pantazis, Ph.D., Assistant Researcher in the Division of Molecular Medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, has been awarded a Beginning Grant-in-Aid by the American Heart Association (Western States Affiliate) to investigate "the mechanical aspect of voltage sensing in human voltage- and Ca-activated, large-conductance K (BK) channels". This competitive and prestigious research award provides total of $140,000 for two years and supports the transition to independent status of promising beginning scientists.
Dr. Pantazis received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2006. He joined the research team of Dr. Riccardo Olcese in the Division of Molecular Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow to study the molecular basis of voltage dependence in the human BK Channels, which are potent molecular regulators of the vascular tone. Since then, Dr. Pantazis' research has received uninterrupted support from two American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowships. Dr. Pantazis is thrilled to embark on his new project using cutting-edge approaches to optically track the structural rearrangements of these fascinating molecular machines in real time.