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Bartosz Balana


Bartosz joined the Slesinger lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in 2006. After obtaining MSc degree in Pharmacy from Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland, he did his PhD studies at the International Max-Planck Research School in Molecular Cell Biology and Bioengineering in Dresden, Germany. Working under the supervision of Prof. Ursula Ravens, he initially investigated the function of K(ATP) channels in atrial fibrillation. He then studied the ion channels expressed in human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells and in cardiac differentiated adult and embryonic stem cells. In the Slesinger lab, Bartosz is currently investigating the molecular details of SNX27-PDZ binding to GIRK channels and the rules for trafficking of GIRK channels in neurons.