Michael B. Hoppa

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program

The focus of this lab is to understand the molecular basis of electrical excitability in the brain. We combine cutting-edge optical approaches with genetic, molecular and biochemical approaches to study cellular physiology and ion channel trafficking in neurons. The goal of this research is to provide novel insights into a number of areas: identifying molecular modulators of ion channel function, novel forms of neural plasticity, and the roots of hyperexcitability in diseases such as epilepsy.

Personal Website
345 Life Sciences Center
HB 6044
Biological Sciences
B.A. Reed College
D.Phil. University of Oxford

Selected Publications

1. Ariel P, Hoppa MB, Ryan TA. Intrinsic variability in Pv, RRP size, Ca(2+) channel repertoire, and presynaptic potentiation in individual synaptic boutons. Front Synaptic Neurosci. 2012;4:9.

2. Hoppa MB, Lana B, Margas W, Dolphin AC, Ryan TA. α2δ expression sets presynaptic calcium channel abundance and release probability. Nature. 2012 May 13;486(7401):122-5.

3. Hoppa MB, Jones E, Karanauskaite J, Ramracheya R, Braun M, Collins SC, Zhang Q, Clark A, Eliasson L, Genoud C, Macdonald PE, Monteith AG, Barg S, Galvanovskis J, Rorsman P. Multivesicular exocytosis in rat pancreatic beta cells. Diabetologia. 2012

4. Collins SC, Hoppa MB, Walker JN, Amisten S, Abdulkhader F, Bengtsson M,Fearnside J, Ramracheya R, Toye AA, Zhang Q, Clark A, Gauguier D, Rorsman P. Progression of diet-induced diabetes in C57Bl6J mice involves functional dissociation of Ca2+ channels from secretory vesicles. Diabetes. 2010 May;59(5):1192-201.

5. Hoppa MB, Collins S, Ramracheya R, Hodson L, Amisten S, Zhang Q, Johnson P, Ashcroft FM, Rorsman P. Chronic palmitate exposure inhibits insulin secretion by dissociation of Ca(2+) channels from secretory granules. Cell Metabolism. 2009 Dec;10(6):455-65.