Elizabeth Ransey
Postdoctoral Associate

 Liz Ransey is an interdisciplinary researcher who employs biochemistry, cellular and structural biology to innovate neurotechnologies. Originally from Toledo, OH,  Liz completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) and her Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at Harvard University (Boston, MA).

 Currently, Liz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Duke University (Durham, NC) where she uses computational modeling and a novel in vitro method that she developed to precision engineer the transmembrane, channel-forming family of connexin proteins (Gap Junctions) to act as neuromodulatory tools. Her transformative work has resulted in several awards including the Hartwell Foundation Fellowship (2018); the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Grant (2018); and the Kahn Neurotechnology Development Grant (2018). Additionally, in 2019 she received an inaugural Ernest E. Just Life Science Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Liz is a first generation college graduate and is passionate about providing education, mentorship, opportunities and representation for the next generations of diverse academic scholars. Her ultimate goal is to develop novel therapeutics for connexin-associated pathologies as well as connexin-based technologies for basic research applications, while contributing to an inclusive and positive scientific culture.



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