Faculty - Judith Van Houten

judy van houten

Judith Van Houten, Professor

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara., 1977
  • University of British Columbia, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 77-79
  • University of Iowa, Visiting Assistant Professor, 79-80
  • University of Vermont, Assistant Professor 80-86, Associate Professor 86-92, Professor 92-present
  • Biography
  • Vermont EPSCoR Director
  • Vermont Genetics Network Director
Area of expertise
Contact Information
Email: Judith Van Houten

Office Hours: By appointment
Marsh Life Science Building, Rm 120 A
Phone: (802) 656-2922


My interests center on chemoreception using Paramecium, a single-celled animal, as a model. These cells are like little swimming neurons and, like our neurons that detect odors or tastes, they respond to stimuli by membrane electrical changes.

We approach sensing of chemical stimuli on several levels:

We are extending our expertise in plasma membrane calcium pumps (PMCAs) to mouse olfactory neurons. We have found 4 PMCAs in mouse olfactory neurons, and loss of PMCAs in knockout animals (courtesy of G. Shull) slows calcium clearance after stimulation.

Awards and Distinctions

Selected Publications

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