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Institute Director: Ken Prehoda
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Zong Lab research
Compositive image of adult mouse cerebellar folia duplicated, rotated, and reflected to generate two-dimensional symmetry. The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor and tumor suppressor p27kip1 (p27) is required for proper cell cycle exit timing in cerebellar granule cells. MADM, a genetic mosaic system, achieves p27 inactivation and simultaneous labeling in sporadic cells in mice, closely mimicking physiologic loss of heterozygosity. Mosaic knockout of p27 in granule cells results in drastic expansion of p27-/- cells (green) compared to p27+/+ cells (red) within the same animal. Zong Lab.

Recent IMB Research Publications

StructureStructural basis for regulation of Arp2/3 complex by GMF.
Nature Struct Mol Biol Aug 2013
Nolen Lab

Pete von Hippel Graduate Scholar Award

The Pete von Hippel Graduate Scholar Award was established in 2009 as part of our IMB 50th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium, to honor Pete von Hippel's contributions to the IMB and to recognize each year an outstanding senior graduate student. To learn more about this award, and to make donations, go to the von Hippel Award website.

IMB News

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Department of Biology welcome two new faculty members, Diana Libuda and Annie Powell, starting in Winter 2014!

Chris Doe has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences! Read more...

Eric Selker has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences! Read more...

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