Welcome to the Tajima Lab at CWRU

Understanding the molecular mechanism of neuronal signal transduction

Our lab strives to see how neuroreceptors, scaffold proteins, and signaling molecules get together and transmit signals at excitatory synapses. We seek to understand the molecular basis of neuroreceptor mediated signaling and protein-protein interaction networks which govern learning and memory formation. 

Major Techniques

Cell Culture

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Cryo-Electron Microscopy

X-ray crystallography


Mass Spectrometry



Major Research Areas

Synaptic Transmission 


Brain functions

Neurodegenerative diseases

Drug Development

Ion Channels and Receptors

Membrane Proteins

Protein Structure and Function

Protein-Protein Interactions