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Thomas Suslak

PhD Student

Affiliation(s):

Email: thomas.suslak@gmail.com

  My research is primarily focused on mechanosensation. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms by which stretch-sensitive endings transduce mechanical stimuli to electrical signals, transmitted to the CNS. The field of mechanosensation has attracted a lot of attention in recent years but so far the underlying mechanisms at the molecular level are poorly understood. Using techniques in electrophysiology, alongside mathematical modelling, I aim to promote deeper insight into the interactions that occur in order to effect mechanotransduction and identify the mechanisms involved using additional techniques in immunohistochemistry and genetics.

Current Projects

  • Determining the mechanism of electrical transduction in nonciliated stretch receptors

  • Related Publications and Presentations

  • Thomas J. Suslak, Douglas J. Armstrong, and Andrew Jarman, "A general mathematical model of transduction events in mechano-sensory stretch receptors", Network: Computation in Neural Systems, 2011, 22(1-4), 133-142. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, Guy Bewick, Douglas J. Armstrong, and Andrew Jarman, "A general mathematical model of transduction events in mechanosensory stretch receptors", IUPS, 2012. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, Andrew Jarman, and Douglas J. Armstrong, "A mathematical model of electrical transduction events in crayfish stretch receptors", Scottish Neuroscience Group, 2011. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, Douglas J. Armstrong, and Andrew Jarman, "A general mathematical model of transduction events in mechano-sensory stretch receptors", 2nd Scottish Drosophila Research Conference, 2011. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, Jack McKay-Fletcher, Guy Bewick, Douglas J. Armstrong, and Andrew Jarman, "A model of mechanotransduction in Drosophila non-ciliated, primary endings", Neuroscience Day, Edinburgh, 2013. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, "Modelling mechanotransduction in primary sensory endings", Aberdeen Systems Biology Symposium, 2013. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, Guy Bewick, Douglas Armstrong, and Andrew Jarman, "A model of mechanotransduction in Drosophila non-ciliated, primary endings", IUPS, 2013. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, Guy Bewick, Douglas Armstrong, and Andrew Jarman, "A model of mechanotransduction in Drosophila non-ciliated, primary endings", Neuroinformatics 2013, 2013. View Details PDF
  • Thomas J. Suslak, "A mechanism for mechanotransduction in stretch sensitive endings", 3rd Scottish Drosophila Research Conference, 2013. View Details PDF
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