Traditional Chinese Medicine is a treasure trove of signaling substances, which influence and regulate bodily functions. Many of such compounds interact with well-defined molecular targets, causing health-promoting or toxic outcomes. The vast majority, however, is still lacking any known targets.
The goal of the lab is to integrate knowledge on TCM-formulations with the rapidly expanding insights into molecular and cellular processes. I am expecting that ion channels will turn out to be particularly promising targets for advances in immunology, cancer research, neuro-degeneration, and cardiology.