Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, UC Davis
We study a tiny organelle named centrosome in the cell. The centrosome helps organize microtubules, the "skeletons" of the cell, so the cell can keep its shape and perform its function. A broken centrosome can cause many different human diseases.
We use cells grown in dishes and zebrafish as the models to study how the centrosome is formed and does its job, and why centrosome defects can lead to human diseases. More details can be found on our Research page.