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Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

Alla Fomina, Ph.D.

Alla Fomina, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
4138 Tupper Hall
Davis Campus
(530) 754-4454

Recent/Current Research Funding

American Heart Association

Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Philip Morris

Graduate Group Affiliations


Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research Interests

  • Immune cell function 
  • Membrane trafficking and fusion
  • Endocytosis/exocytosis
  • Intracellular Ca2+ signaling
  • Ion channels

For more research information please see: Fomina Lab Home Page


Representative Publications

2009  Semenova, S.B., Vassilieva, I.O., Fomina, A.F, and Negulyaev, Y.A. Endogenous expression of TRPV5 and TRPV6 calcium channels in human leukemia K562 cells. Am J. Physiol. Cell Physiol. In Press.

2009  Zakharova L., Dadsetan, S., and Fomina, A.F. Endogenous Jmjd6 gene product is expressed at the cell surface and regulates phagocytosis in immature monocyte-like activated THP-1 cells. J.Cell. Physiol. In press.

2008  Chen, H., Dadsetan, S., Fomina, A.F., and Gong, Qizhi. Expressing exogenous functional odorant receptors in cultured olfactory sensory neurons. Neural Development, 3(1): 22.

2008  Dadsetan, S., Zakharova, L., Molinski, T.F., and Fomina A.F. Store-operated Ca2+ influx causes Ca2+ release from the intracellular Ca2+ channels that is required for T cell activation. J. Biol. Chem. May 2;283(18):12512-12519.

2006  Zakharova, L., Svetlova M., and Fomina A.F., T cell Exosomes induce cholesterol accumulation in monocytes via phosphatidyl serine receptor. J. Cell. Physiol. 212: 174-181.

2005  Semenova, S.B., Fomina, A.F, Vassilieva, I.O., and Negulyaev, Y.A., Properties of Mg - dependent cation channels in human leukemia K562 cells. J. Cell. Physiol. 205:372-8.

2005  Dadsetan, S., Shishkin, V., and Fomina A. F. Intracellular Ca2+ release triggers translocation of membrane marker FM1-43 from the extracellular leaflet of the plasma membrane into endoplasmic reticulum in T lymphocytes. J.Biol. Chem. 280: 16377–16382.

2003  Fomina A. F., Deerinck, T., Ellisman, M., and Cahalan, M.D. Visualization of membrane trafficking with FM1-43 reveals different endocytic pathways in resting and activated T cells. Exp. Cell Res. 291: 150-166.

2000  Fomina, A.F., Fanger, C.M., Kozak J.A., and Cahalan, M.D. Single channel properties and regulated expression of Ca Release-activated Ca (CRAC) channels in human T cells. J. Cell Biol., 151: 1435-1444.

1999  Fomina, A.F., and Nowycky, M.C. A current activated on depletion of intracellular Castores can regulate exocytosis in adrenal chromaffin cells. J. Neurosci. 19: 3711-3722.

1997  Fomina, A.F. and Levitan, E.S. Control of Ca channel current and exocytosis in rat lactotrophs by basally active protein kinase C and calcineurin. Neuroscience 78:523-531.

1996  Fomina, A.F., Takimoto, K., and Levitan, E.S. Dexamethasone rapidly increases calcium channel subunit messenger RNA expression and high voltage-activated calcium current in clonal pituitary cells. Neuroscience 72:857-862.

1995  Takimoto, K., Gealy, R., Fomina, A.F., Trimmer, J.S., and Levitan, E.S. Inhibition of voltage-gated K channel gene expression by the neuropeptide thyrotropin releasing hormone. J. Neurosci. 15: 449-457.

1995  Fomina, A. and Levitan, E.S. Three phases of TRH-induced facilitation of exocytosis by single lactotrophs. J. Neurosci. 15: 4982-4991.

1993  Takimoto, K., Fomina, A., Gealy, R., Trimmer, J.S., and Levitan, E.S. Dexamethasone rapidly induces Kv 1.5 K+ channel gene transcription and expression in clonal pituitary cells. Neuron 11: 359-396.

1993  Fomina, A.F., Kostyuk, P.G., and Sedova M.B. Glucocorticoids modulation of calcium currents in GH3 cells. Neuroscience 55:721-725.


Recent/Current Teaching

HPH199, Special Study Research
BPH200B, Current Techniques in Biophysics
HPH210A, Advanced Physiology
HPH418, Mammalian Endocrinology
HPH400, Human Physiology
IMD405, MERN: Metabolism, Endocrinology, Reproduction, Nutrition
MCB/BPH241, Membrane Biology
MCP290, Distinguished lectures in Physiology and Membrane Biology
MPC299, Special Study