Participating Mentors

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Participating Mentors

Twenty-four faculty from three different graduate fields, BMCB (Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology), GGD (Genetics, Genomics and Development) and Biophysics participate in the MBG-REU program.

Eric E. Alani: signaling in DNA mismatch repair

Yimon Aye: engineering novel chemical biology toolsets to understand cellular redox signaling

Daniel Barbash: speciation, molecular evolution, and development

William J. Brown: lipid signaling mechanisms that regulate secretory cargo export from the Golgi complex

Gerald W. Feigenson: bilayer phase domains of the plasma membrane that influence events on both the outer and inner membrane leaflets

Chris Fromme: regulation of Golgi trafficking, with a focus on signaling GTPases

Maria J. Garcia-Garcia:  signaling pathways in early mammalian embryogenesis

Michael L. Goldberg: regulation of phosphatases during cell cycle transitions and during contraction/relaxation of smooth muscles

Andrew Grimson: signaling in post-transcriptional regulation

Maureen R. Hanson: cell biology and genetics of plant organelles

Fenghua Hu: cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Toshi Kawate: structures and mechanisms of membrane proteins that drive extracellular ATP mediated signaling

Ailong Ke: structural basis of CRISPRs and the cas operon in an RNA-based adaptive immune system

Amnon Koren: regulation of DNA replication timing

Siu Sylvia Lee: genetic and epigenetic determinants of stress response and longevity in C. elegans

Hening Lin:  roles of protein post-translational modifications in cell signaling and metabolism

Jun "Kelly" Liu: bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling and mesoderm development in C. elegans

John Schimenti: DNA damage signaling in mammalian development

Marcos Simoes-Costa: gene regulatory networks in neural crest differentiation

Paul Soloway: cis-acting mechanisms that govern epigenetic modification

Patrick Stover: determinants and consequences of uracil incorporation into nuclear and mitochondrial DNA

Volker M. Vogt: assembly of retroviruses like HIV, with a focus on the membrane binding of the structural protein, Gag

Robert Weiss:  regulation of genomic integrity

Mariana Wolfner:  signaling of reproductive proteins in post-mating changes and the initiation of embryogenesis