Robert C. Foehring, Ph.D.

Robert C. Foehring, Ph.D.

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 515
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-7450
Fax: (901) 448-7193
Lab: 216 Wittenborg Anatomy Building
Email: Robert C. Foehring


  • Ph.D. Institution: University of Florida, Department of Neuroscience
  • Postdoctoral: University of Washington, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests

Current research focuses on neurons in the cerebral cortex and amygdaloid nuclei. Specifically, we examine (1) the roles of ion channels in determining neuronal integrative properties, (2) the diversity of voltage-gated Ca2+ and K+ channels, (3) modulation of ionic currents and neuronal firing behavior by transmitters (e.g., norepinephrine, serotonin, acetylcholine, dopamine), and (4) the postnatal development of neuronal integrative behavior. We are particularly interested the coupling of intracellular [Ca2+] to activation of Ca-dependent K+ channels. The approach is primarily electrophysiological, employing patch clamp recordings, pharmacological and genetic manipulations, and calcium imaging techniques. Two preparations are used: in vitro brain slice and acutely dissociated neurons.

Representative Publications

  • Guan D, Pathak D, Foehring RC. Functional Roles of Kv1-mediated Currents in Genetically-Identified Subtypes of Pyramidal Neurons in Layer 5 of Mouse Somatosensory Cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2018 Apr 11. doi: 10.1152/jn.00691.2017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29641306.
  • Wang L, Chandaka GK, Foehring RC, Callaway JC, Armstrong WE. Changes in potassium channel modulation may underlie afterhyperpolarization plasticity in oxytocin neurons during late pregnancy. J Neurophysiol. 2018 May 1;119(5):1745-1752. doi: 10.1152/jn.00608.2017. Epub 2018 Mar 14. PubMed PMID: 29537926.
  • Kirchner MK, Foehring RC, Wang L, Chandaka GK, Callaway JC, Armstrong WE. Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP(2) ) modulates afterhyperpolarizations in oxytocin neurons of the supraoptic nucleus. J Physiol. 2017 Jul 15;595(14):4927-4946. doi: 10.1113/JP274219. Epub 2017 May 15. PubMed PMID: 28383826; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5509854.
  • Pathak D, Guan D, Foehring RC. Roles of specific Kv channel types in repolarization of the action potential in genetically identified subclasses of pyramidal neurons in mouse neocortex. J Neurophysiol. 2016 May 1;115(5):2317-29. doi: 10.1152/jn.01028.2015. Epub 2016 Feb 10. PubMed PMID: 26864770; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4922457.
  • Bishop HI, Guan D, Bocksteins E, Parajuli LK, Murray KD, Cobb MM, Misonou H, Zito K, Foehring RC, Trimmer JS. Distinct Cell- and Layer-Specific Expression Patterns and Independent Regulation of Kv2 Channel Subtypes in Cortical Pyramidal Neurons. J Neurosci. 2015 Nov 4;35(44):14922-42. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1897-15.2015. PubMed PMID: 26538660; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4635138.
  • Guan D, Armstrong WE, Foehring RC. Electrophysiological properties of genetically identified subtypes of layer 5 neocortical pyramidal neurons: Ca²⁺ dependence and differential modulation by norepinephrine. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Apr 1;113(7):2014-32. doi: 10.1152/jn.00524.2014. Epub 2015 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 25568159; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4416592.

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