Charles R. Fourtner


Charles R. Fourtner.

Charles R. Fourtner


Charles R. Fourtner


Research Interests

Neurobiology: ion channel activities

Contact Information

341 Cooke Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2550


  • PhD, 1971, Michigan State University

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am – 12:00pm or by appointment

Research Summary

Past research centered on the neurobiological control of stereotypic behaviors in invertebrate organisms such as insects, crabs and arachnids, with particular interests on the central neural mechanisms responsible for those behaviors and the neuromuscular mechanisms directly producing movements. Current research interests lie in two main fields. The first area is the control of single ion channels in epithelial cells in fish intestine and pituitary cells. The second research area is an investigation of the physiological role of giant nerve axons in the behavior of a specialized group of organisms, the aquatic oligochaete. Of special interest is the physiological and anatomical alterations which occur when these organisms reproduce asexually.

Selected Publications

  • Fourtner, C.R. and Kaars, C.J. (1990) Anatomy of the central nervous system and its usefulness as a model for neurobiology. Cockroaches as Models for Neurobiology: Applications in Biomedical Research, Vol. 1, (Ed. I Huber pp 65-87
  • Drewes, C.D. and Fourtner, C.R. (1990) Morpholalxis in an aquatic oligochaete, Lumbriculus variegatus: reorganization of escape reflexes in regenerating body fragments. Devel. Biol. 138: 94-103
  • Loretz, C.A. and C.R. Fourtner (1991) Identification of a basolateral membrane potassium channel from teleost intestinal epithelial cells. J. Exp. Biol. 159:45-65
  • Romano, L.A., and C.R. Fourtner (1994) Characterization of an anion channel in pituitary cells of Gillichthys mirabilus Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 109A:845-856