Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona
Lab Members
Ion-Coupled Cotransport
Sep Eskandari Sepehr Eskandari, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Sep Eskandari has been at Cal Poly Pomona since Fall 2000. His connection to Cal Poly Pomona goes back a long way, however, as he pursued his undergraduate (chemistry) and masterís (biology) studies here at Cal Poly Pomona. After completing a Ph.D. in Physiology at UCLA, and a post-doctoral fellowship also at UCLA, he returned here to his home institution. In addition to his research on Na+-coupled cotransporters, he takes a very active role in teaching physiology and neuroscience courses. He also contributes to the Biological Sciences Department, College of Science, and Cal Poly Pomona by participating in many key committees. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Biological Sciences Department.

Curriculum vitae

Cindy Anderson Cynthia M. Anderson, B.S., M.S.
Research Associate

Cindy Anderson is responsible for keeping the lab going! Cindy is involved in multiple projects including electrophysiological characterization of the GABA transporters, immunolocalization of the GABA transporters in nervous and non-nervous tissues, as well as characterization of the components of GABAergic transmission in bovine sperm function. Cindy also played/plays an instrumental role in developing/maintaining the GABA Transporter Mutagenesis Database (GATMD). GATMD is online at: She has contributed significantly to published studies from the lab (Anderson et al., 2010; Omoto et al., 2012; Willford et al., 2015), as well as several other studies under way. Cindy has also taken the lead in a new line of research in the lab examining the motility patterns of bovine sperm.

Samantha Willford Samantha L. Willford, B.A.
Graduate Student (2013-present)

Samantha came to us with a B.A. in History and Biology from Tufts University. She became a Master's student in Fall 2013, and has been focusing on some novel experiments that reexamine the ion/substrate stoichiometry of the GABA transporters. This work is now in press.

Brittney Crawford Brittney Crawford
Undergraduate Student (2013-present)

Brittney is an undergraduate research assistant in the lab. She helps with a variety of functions ranging from preparing various solutions and buffers to assisting with other essential functions that keep the experiments going. Brittney is also participating in a new line of research in the lab examining the motility patterns of bovine sperm.