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Voeltz, Gia Kaarina Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • 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


selected publications


courses taught

  • BCHM 6901 - Research in Biochemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • MCDB 3145 - Molecular Cell Biology II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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. Analysis of these activities is from the experimental perspective established in MCDB 3135. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 3135 (minimum grade C-), and recommended prerequisite or corequisite of MCDB 3140 concurrent with either this class or MCDB 3135.
  • MCDB 4990 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    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 5220 - Graduate Core 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
  • MCDB 6000 - Introduction to Laboratory Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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. Open only to MCDB graduate students. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • MCDB 7910 - Seminar Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    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 3 total credit hours.


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