David Talmage, PhD

David Talmage
Department of Pharmacological Sciences
Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Minnesota
B.A. in Biology, University of Virginia

Office Phone: (631)-632-8929
Office Fax: (631)-632-6661 

Office: CMM, room 548


I have a long standing interest in how cells respond to their environment – mechanistically, a process commonly known as signal transduction.  The current focus of our studies is on how one pair of molecules, Nrg1 and ErbB4, interact to regulate synapse formation and maintenance.  The Nrg1 gene encodes a family of ~20 different proteins that serve as ligands for members of the ErbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases. These proteins have long been recognized as playing important roles during vertebrate development, and inappropriate Nrg1 – ErbB signaling plays key roles in such diverse diseases as breast cancer and schizophrenia.

To learn more: visit my web page at the Dept. of Pharmacological Sciences


  • Publications
  • Laboratory Personnel
  • Mala Ananth - PhD Student
  • Elizabeth Ballinger - MSTP Student
  • Alice Jones - Graduate Student
  • Shannon Loncar - Graduate Student
  • Ashleigh Lussenden - Graduate Student
  • Prithviraj Rajebhosale (Raj) - Graduate Student
  • Shaohua Wang - Graduate Student
  • Chongbo Zhong, PhD - Post Doctoral
  • Li Jiang, PhD - Post Doctoral

  • Recent Graduates:
  • Sarah Canetta - Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
  • Jasmine Chen - Staff Scientist, Genentech
  • Melissa Hancock - Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
  • Dianne Lee - Senior Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health
  • James Lederman - Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Gretchen Lopez - Assistant Professor
  • Ifeanyi Obiorah - Post Doctoral fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Edlira Luca - Postdoctoral Fellow, University Hospital, Zurich