Our lab is studying how proteins generate the shape of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We are using cell biology, biochemistry, and electron microscopy to study how membrane proteins and their partners determine the elaborate structure of the ER in yeast and mammalian cells.
membrane biology, organelle structure and morphology, membrane proteins
MCDB 3145 - Molecular Cell Biology II
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Examines intracellular mechanisms, including transport of ions and small molecules across membranes; protein targeting to organelles; membrane trafficking between organelles; signal transduction; the cytoskeleton; and the cell cycle. Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: MCDB 3140 concurrent with either this class or MCDB 3135.
MCDB 4980 - Honors Research
Provides faculty-supervised research for students who have been approved by the departmental honors committee. Normally taken during the semester before completion of the honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 4840 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.20.
MCDB 4990 - Honors Thesis
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Involves the preparation and defense of an honors thesis, based on faculty-supervised original research, including final phases of the research project. Recommended prerequisites: MCDB 4840 or MCDB 4980 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.3 and approval by the MCDB Honors Committee.
MCDB 6000 - Introduction to Laboratory Methods
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Introduces methodology and techniques used in biological research. Designed as a tutorial between a few students and one faculty member. Students are expected to read original research papers, discuss findings, and to plan and execute experiments in selected areas. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
MCDB 7910 - Seminar Practicum
Designed for graduate students to give oral presentations on their thesis research, field questions, respond to critiques, and present background information. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.