Carol A. Bertrand Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Bertrand received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1999. Her thesis research focused on the development of methods to measure mucus secretion from goblet cells in epithelia, and use of these methods to assess differences between purinergic and cholinergic stimulation of mucus secretion. She completed post doctoral studies in the laboratories of Drs. Robert Bridges and Raymond Frizzell, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, from 2000 - 2002, focusing on the involvement of chloride channels in the mucin secretion process. Dr. Bertrand manages the electrophysiology and live cell imaging sections of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Assay Core, at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bertrand's current research focuses on the biosynthesis and activity of chloride channels and anion exchangers that complement, and/or exhibit coordinated regulation with the CFTR chloride channel, as well as the apical membrane permeability to bicarbonate, with a specific focus on the chloride channel/anion exchanger SLC26A9. In addition, ongoing effort is devoted towards the development and refinement of methods for performing electrophysiology and live cell fluorescence microscopy.