The Molecular Bioelectricity Lab Jianmin Cui, Principal Investigator

Current Members

Dr. Jianmin Cui

Jianmin Cui is the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a post-doctoral training at Stanford University. He was an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University before moving to St. Louis. His research interests are on membrane permeation to ions, drugs and genes, including the molecular mechanisms of ion channel function and ultrasound-mediated drug/gene delivery. Dr. Cui is a recipient of the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.

Jingyi Shi

I got my B.S. in Peking University and Ph.D. from Dept. Of Physiology and Biophysics in SUNY at Stony Brook. After the postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University, I joined the lab in 1999 when the lab started. As a research assistant professor, I am involved in multiple projects in the lab and oversee the day-to-day operations.

Kelli McFarland

I am the lab manager for the Cui Lab. I received my Masters of Biology in 2004 at Southeast Missouri State University. I am responsible for mutagenesis protocols as well as the managing the daily operations of the lab.

Guohui Zhang Ph. D.

After got my Ph. D in chemistry and Material Science in 2004 from University of Missouri Rolla, I joined Dr. Cui's lab to explore a new field in electrophysiology. I worked as a research scientist in a biotech company from 2007 to 2009 before back this lab again in June of 2009. My research focuses on the coupling between the pore and the voltage sensing and ligand binding domains of big-conductance potassium channels ( BK K+ Channels) in order to understand the structure and function of channels. Patch clamp, mutagenesis, chemical modification and protein biochemistry are applied in my study.

Hongwu Liang M. D.

I joined the Dr.Cui's lab in the fall of 2011, with a background in BK type calcium-activated potassium channels and biochemistry. I now work on the IKs potassium channels and biochemistry.

Panpan Hou

After got my Ph. D in Biophysics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, I joined Dr. Cui's lab since August 2014. Using voltage-clamp fluorometry and Unnatural amino acid techniques, I am now trying to explore gating mechanism and physiological roles of K+ channel.

Past Members

Yang Li

Ph.D (2013) Scientist position at Novartis Company

Mark A Zaydman

Ph.D (2014)

Huanghe Yang

Ph.D (2008) Assistant Professor in Duke University

Lei Hu

Ph.D (2007) Research Associate in Duke University

Hua Pan

Ph.D (2007) Assistant Professor in Washington University

Junqiu(Alex) Yang

Ph.D (2011) Research Engineer at Monsanto Company

Dick Wu

Ph.D (2010) Postdoctor in Stanford University

Gayathri Krishnamoorthy

Ph.D (2006)

Urvi Lee

Ph.D (2010)

Xiaohui Sun


Yangyang Lin


Min Li


Hsiang-Chun Lee


Jan Kubanek


Moawiah Naffaa