Former Bob Goldstein lab postdoc Dan Marston, PhD student Chris Higgins and coauthors just published a paper in Current Biology reporting that a myosin activator, MRCK, can link developmental patterning to the generation of forces that can change cell shapes. The paper is titled “MRCK-1 drives apical constriction in C. elegans by linking developmental patterning to force generation”. READ MORE >>
Biology PhD student Jenny Heppert (Bob Goldstein’s lab) and coauthors just published a quantitative assessment of several popular fluorescent protein tags in C. elegans, reporting which tags work best in vivo—the first such comparison in an animal model system. The paper is titled “Comparative assessment of fluorescent proteins for in vivo imaging in an animal model system” and will be part of a special issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell on Quantitative Cell Biology. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Zack Nimchuk’s lab, which was awarded a 5-year NIH MIRA (Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award) grant totaling 1.2 million dollars. This 5-year grant award will make it possible for the lab to study the function of how receptor kinases and their ligands control development and stem cell regulation in plants.
Professor Gregory P. Copenhaver and Adjunct Professor Hong Ma (primary appointment at Fudan University in Shanghai) have published a review in Science Bulletin entitled “New insights into the role of DNA Synthesis in meiotic recombination”. DNA synthesis is required during meiotic recombination (which is required for proper chromosome segregation), but relatively little is understood about the specific factors that fulfill this requirement. The review focuses on recent advances in characterizing these processes at a molecular level. READ MORE >>