Protein Trafficking & Translation Faculty
Protein translation and trafficking are critical functions for all cells that is governed by elaborate molecular mechanisms that have evolved over millions years. Faculty in Cell Biology study these processes using a multitude of proteomic, biochemical, and cellular imaging approaches- many of which were developed here. Studies by our faculty in this field define how many of the important inner workings of how proteins are assembled for processes such as secretion and then delivered by tiny microscopic cellular motors, called Kinesins, which literally "walk" along cytoskeletal assemblages within the cell (see video below) and the Kinesin Family Home Page hosted by the Department. Gifting and support for the important research conducted by faculty in this theme can be directed here.
Michel Bagnat, Assistant Professor
Cellular mechanisms of tube formation and fluid secretion in zebrafish
Sharyn Endow, Professor
Molecular motor structure/function
Christopher V. Nicchitta, Professor
mRNA localization, protein synthesis, and translational regulation