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New Research Discoveries…Mutant G Proteins and Disease

G proteinsCongratulations to Arthur Marivin, Anthony Leyme and colleagues in the Garcia-Marcos lab who have reported a new mechanism of action for disease-associated G protein mutants in their recent Science Signaling publication and highlighted in a Podcast. They found that a rare hereditary disease is caused by G protein mutants that act as dominant negative proteins that block endothelin GPCR signaling during embryo development. This is the first example of a human disease caused by G protein mutants that arises from a dominant negative function. For more info on the Garcia-Marcos laboratory please visit: Garcia-Marcos lab.


Spotlight on…New Faculty

The Biochemistry Department is pleased to announce the recruitment of 2 new faculty members. Dr. Daniel Cifuentes (right) started in November and his laboratory aims to uncover how the interplay of RNA-binding proteins and their targets orchestrate early embryogenesis using zebrafish as a model system. Dr. Alla Grishok (left) joined our Department in April 2016 and her laboratory utilizes the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and focuses on new mechanisms of gene regulation by short RNAs and chromatin-modifying complexes. For past Spotlights:Archives

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Recruiting New Faculty!

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New! September 2015

Biochemistry News »

  • Apr 29, 2016 Congratulations Graduates The Department of Biochemistry would like to congratulate Samantha Hiemer, Larry Pessolano,...
  • Apr 27, 2016 Welcome New Students The Department of Biochemistry would like to welcome 3 PhD graduate students......