Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D.

Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D.Title

Michigan State University

Post Doctoral Training
– Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
– Dept. of Pharmacology
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
– Dept. of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests
Regulation of Synaptic Transmission and Ethanol Effects on the Brain. The physiology and pharmacology of normal synaptic transmission is studied as a basis for understanding dysfunction that may occur in various neurological diseases. State-of-the-art electrophysiological methodologies, including intracellular and patch clamp recording, are used to examine the mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission between developing and adult neurons in tissue culture and rodent brain slice models. Current areas of interest include: presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms of modulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic events; the contribution of intrinsic membrane properties and conductances to neuronal excitability; mechanisms of seizure-induced neurodegeneration; and effects of alcohol on the CNS throughout the lifespan.


Address: Office: Biomedical Research Building II – Room 564-2

Mailing address: Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences – Slot 846
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: (501) 686-8192

Fax: (501) 526-6756

Link to Dr. Phelan’s Pubmed publications