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Daniel L. Minor, Jr., Ph.D.

Investigator, Cardiovascular Research Institute

Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, & Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

University of California, San Francisco

Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Phone: 415-514-2551
Email: daniel.minor@ucsf.edu

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University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1989

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1996

Awards & Honors

Fellow of the American Asthma Association 2010-2011
Feinberg Foundation Visiting Faculty Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Established Investigator, American Heart Association 2007

McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award 2004-2006

McKnight Scholar in Neurosciences 2001-2004

Rita Allen Scholar 2001-2004

March of Dimes, Basil O'Connor Scholar 2002-2004

Beckman Young Investigator 2002-2004

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 2002-2004

Searle Scholar 2002-2004

Research Interests

Molecular structure and mechanism of ion channel action

Development of novel methods for ion channel regulation


For a list of Dan Minor's publications, please see the PUBLICATIONS page.

Reviews and Commentaries

Bacterial voltage-gated sodium channels (BacNaVs) from the soil, sea, and salt lakes enlighten molecular mechanisms of electrical signaling and pharmacology in the brain and heart. Payandeh, J. and Minor, D.L., Jr. Journal of Molecular Biology 427 3-30 (2015) PMID: 25158094 PMCID: PMC4277928

Insights into the molecular foundations of electrical exicitation. Gaudet, R., Roux, B, and Minor, and D.L., Jr. Journal of Molecular Biology 427 1-2 (2015) PMID: 25542854

Using yeast to study potassium channel function and interactions with small molecules. Bagriantsev, S. and Minor, D.L., Jr., Methods in Molecular Biology 995 31-42 (2013) PMID: 23494370 PMCID: PMC3950311

Conduits of life's spark: A perspective on ion channel research since the birth of Neuron. Isacoff, E.Y., Jan, L.Y., and Minor, D.L., Jr. Neuron 80 658-674 (2013) PMID: 24183018 PMCIDPMC3867263

Calmodulin interactions with CaV1 and CaV2 voltage-gated calcium channel IQ domains. Kim, E., Findeisen, F., Minor, Jr., D.L. Handbook of Metalloproteins (Ed. A. Messerschmidt, John Wiley: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/0470028637.met281. Published 15 December 2010.)

Small molecule-ion channel match making: A natural fit for new ASIC ligands. Bagriantsev, S. and Minor, D.L., Jr., Neuron 68 1-3 (2010) PMCID: PMC2981581

Progress in the structural understanding of voltage-gated calcium channel (CaV) function and modulation. Findeisen, Felix, Minor, Jr., D.L., Channels 4, 28-43 (2010) PMID: 21139419: PMCID: PMC3018750
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Searching for interesting channels: pairing selection and molecular evolution methods to study ion channel structure and function. Minor, Jr., D.L., Molecular BioSystems, 5, 802–810 (2009)

An Overview of Ion Channel Structure. Published in the Handbook of Cell Signaling, 2nd Edition, Chapter author: Daniel L. Minor, Pages 201-208, Copyright Elsevier (2009)

Puzzle plugged by pore plasticity. Minor, Jr., D.L., Molecular Cell 26 459-460 (2007).

The neurobiologist's guide to structural biology: A Primer on why macromolecular structure matters and how to evaluate macromolecular structural data. Minor, Jr., D.L., Neuron 54 511-533 (2007).

A sensitive channel family replete with sense and motion. Minor, Jr., D.L., Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 13 388-390 (2006).

Wanting contact: how to pick up a channel. Minor, Jr., D.L., Nature Chemical Biology 2 298-299 (2006).

The structural biology of voltage-gated calcium channel function and regulation. Van Petegem, F. and Minor, Jr., D.L., Biochemical Society Transactions Vol 34, part 5 (2006).

Bend to open? Minor, Jr., D.L., Structure 13 1094-1095 (2005).

Overview: Function and three-dimensional structures of ion channels. Minor, Jr., D.L., Handbook of Cellular Signaling Eds. R. Bradshaw and E. Dennis, Academic Press, San Diego (2004).

Potassium Channels: life in the post-structural world. Minor, Jr., D.L., Current Opinion in Structural Biology 11  408-414 (2001).

Controlling potassium channel activities: Interplay between the membrane and intracellular factors. Yi, B.A, Minor, Jr., D.L., Lin, Y.F., Jan, Y.N. and Jan, L.Y., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 98 11016-11023 (2001).

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