faculty

Sharona Gordon

Seg@uw.edu
Professor

University of Washington

Biophysical and Structural Biology

Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions

Neuroscience

Ion channels, fluorescence methods, pain

Faculty Contact Information

Building: Health Science Building Room: I-312 Box: 357290 Phone: 206-616-4861 http://www.BelowTheWaterline.org/

Research Summary

The Gordon lab is interested in the way proteins work as molecular machines. How does a single protein molecule measure many environmental factors and do a calculation based on those factors? The sensory transduction ion channels in the TRP family have multiple sensing domains, including for temperature, noxious chemicals, and lipid signals. The single output of TRP channels, their open probability, is determined by the energetics by which each sensing domain is coupled to the channel pore. In the Gordon lab, we use state-of-the-art biophysical approaches to understanding TRP channels.

DEI Statement

My goal is to make the world a better place, including the world of scientific research. Working to make scientific training safe (at a minimum) and nurturing is foundational to this goal. I founded the Below the Waterline (www.BelowTheWaterline.org) to drive positive culture change and make our culture more welcoming for women and gender minorities. My scholarship on the formation of scientific identity among postdoctoral scholars helps inform my approach in the lab and in the classroom. The UW Allies Program (https://sites.uw.edu/uwallies) I founded supports graduate students and postdocs experiencing conflict or facing barriers in their career development. I devote about half my time to advancing the interests of trainees and believe there is nothing more important in my role as faculty.

Training Summary

I am a certified trainer in the Entering Mentoring curriculum developed by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. I facilitate monthly mentoring workshops for faculty and staff at UW as well as facilitating workshops at conferences and institutions around the US. I am also a trained Circle Keeper in the Peacemaking Circle tradition popularized by Kay Pranis and host community building and mentoring circles several times each year.

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