Janet Richmond

PhD, University of Calgary (Canada)Richmond

Professor and Head, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Office: 4311 SEL


Phone: (312) 413-2513

email: jer@uic.edu

Web Site: Janet Richmond Departmental Page


Research Interests:

The Richmond lab studies the molecular basis of synaptic transmission primarily using C. elegans as a model system. Our research focuses on several key topics including: the molecular mechanisms that control exocytosis and endocytosis, the regulation of synaptic strength during learning, the structural underpinnings of the pre-synaptic and post-synaptic domains responsible for synaptic vesicle docking, neurotransmitter release and receptor clustering during the assembly and developmental remodeling of synapses.



Richmond, J.E. & Jorgensen, E.M.  (1999)  One GABA and two acetylcholine receptors function at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction.  Nature Neurosci., 2 (1999) 791-797. (PMCID: PMC2585773)

Touroutine, D., Fox, R.M., Von Stetina, S.E., Burdina, A., Miller, D.M., III & Richmond, J.E. ACR-16 encodes an essential subunit of the levamisole-resistant nicotinic receptor at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction.  J. Biol. Chem., (2005) 27013-27021 (PMID: 15917232)

Gracheva, E.O., Burdina, A.O., Holgado, A.M., Berthelot-Grosjean, M., Hadwiger, G., Nonet, M.L., Weimer, R.M., & Richmond, J.E. Tomosyn inhibits Synaptic Vesicle Priming in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS Biology, 4 (2006) 1426-1437. (PMCID: PMC1514790)

Chen, K., Richlitzki, A., Featherstone, D.E., Schwärzel, M., & Richmond, J.E. Tomosyn-dependent regulation of synaptic transmission is required for a late phase of associative odor memory. PNAS, 108 (2011) 18482-18487. (PMID: 22042858)