Research Interests

  • Pedagogical : Currently I am dedicated to  develop active learning environments in classroom and  teaching labs  to enhance critical thinking and independent performance in science  students.
  • Advising and Curriculum evaluation:  I actively participate in curriculum development, content examination and student advising at Department, College and University levels
  • Research: Biophysical  characterization of  membrane transport mechanisms: Functional analysis of membrane ion channels  constituted by connexins and pannexins proteins

Educational & Professional Experience

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Case Western Reserve University  2001      Ph.D. Cellular Physiology                                                                                                   

Universidad Central de Venezuela  1989  Licenciado in Biology (Cell Biology)

Professional Experience

Faculty                                            2007-

Department of Biology, Western Washington University                      

Postdoctoral  experience:
Fellow of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
     2001-2007

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Research Assistant                                   1990-1994

Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC)

Recent Publications

  • Alexander C, Ivetac A, Liu X, Norimatsu Y, Serrano JR, Landstrom A, Sansom M, Dawson DC.(2009) Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator: using differential reactivity toward channel-permeant and channel-impermeant thiol-reactive probes to test a molecular model for the pore Biochemistry. 48(42):10078-88.
  • Serrano, JR, Liu, X., Borg, E.R, Alexander, C.S, Shaw III, C.F and Dawson, DC (2006) CFTR: Ligand Exchange between a Permeant Anion ([Au(CN)2]–) and an Engineered Cysteine (T338C) Blocks the Pore. Biophys. J. 91: 1737-1748
  • Liu, X, Alexander, C, Serrano, J, Borg, E and Dawson, DC (2006) Variable Reactivity of an Engineered Cysteine at Position 338 in Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Reflects Different Chemical States of the Thiol. J Biol Chem. 281(12):8275-85.