Fred Tse

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pharmacology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pharmacology Dept
(780) 492-3876
9-12 Medical Sciences Building
8613 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H7


Area of Study / Keywords

fructose feeding catecholamine secretion catecholamine packaging in vesicles metabolic syndrome stress hormones endocrine cells chemosensory cells single cell electrophysiology carbon fibre amperometry membrane capacitance measurements flash photolysis of caged-compounds fluorescent ion sensitive dyes (e.g. indo-1 fura-2)



B.Sc. (Zoology) University of Toronto (1980)

M.Sc. (Zoology) University of Toronto (1981), supervisor Harold L. Atwood

Ph.D. (Physiology) University of Toronto (1986), supervisor Harold L. Atwood

Postdoctoral Training:

Ion channels in neurons and glial cells (1987-1989), University of Calgary, supervisor Brian A MacVicar

Fusion pore in virus and excitation-secretion coupling in pituitary gonadotrophs (1990-1993), University of Washington. supervisors Wolfhard Almers and Bertil Hille


AHFMR/MRC Scholar  1994-2000.

AHFMR Senior Scholar 2001-2007.

Visiting Professorship (University of Tokyo) 2007-2008.

Clinical Interests

All neurological and endocrine diseases involving cellular excitation and secretion.


My lab focuses on the regulation of secretion of hormones and neurotransmitters mediated by the process of exocytosis.

My long term collaborations with Prof Amy Tse (Dept of Pharmacology) focus on the excitation of cells in the context of control of secretion.


Teaching Areas

Courses in Pharmacology: Topics in Endocrine Phamracology; Cellular Neuroscience.

Course in Physiology: Advanced Topics in Electrophysiology.

Discovery Learning Facilitatory in Sessions for GI, Renal, Neuro (Sensory Organs).

Teaching philosophy

For undergraduate students, focus on key experiments or primary literature (journal papers) that led to current knowledge of any field.

For graduate and postdocs, focus on the critical analysis of experimental results.