Emery Haley

About Emery Haley

Emery Haley

  • Undergraduate university: University of Alabama at Birmingham (B.S. in neuroscience)
  • Thesis: Structural, biochemical and pharmacological analysis of TRP channels in chemosensation and signaling
  • Mentor: Juan Du, Ph.D.
  • Experience: Emery is a native of Alabama where they graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Neuroscience and Science and Technology Honors Programs. During their undergraduate studies, they worked in the lab of Dr. John Shacka studying the regulation of alpha-synuclein aggregation by alpha-galactosidase-A in a Parkinson’s disease model. They also worked in the lab of Dr. Timothy Kraft where they studied optokinetic response and electroretinogram (ERG) recordings from mice to determine if visual changes precede cognitive deficits in a progranulin hemizygous model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their research interest is neurodegeneration, and they is specifically interested in mechanisms that lead to neuron death, and neuroprotective strategies to prevent, slow, or reverse these processes. They are conducting their dissertation research in the lab of Dr. Juan Du studying the structure and function of TRPC channels by cryo-EM and electrophysiology to better understand how their role in calcium homeostasis can be regulated in neurodegenerative disease. Outside of the lab Emery enjoys hiking, yoga, and attending art festivals, or staying home with tea, a good book and their cats.
  • Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
  • Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, reading and knitting

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Ruan Z*, Haley E*, Orozco I*, Sabat M, Myers R, Roth R, Du J#, Lü W#. 2021. Structures of the TRPM5 channel elucidate mechanisms of activation and inhibition. Nat Struct Mol Biol.

Haley E, Choi W, Fan C, Sun W, Du J, Lü W. 2019. Expression and purification of the human lipid-sensitive cation channel TRPC3 for structural determination by single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. J Vis Exp (143):e58754, doi:10.3791/58754.