How signals are transmitted from receptors to biological effectors
How does the cell maintain a redox environment in the ER appropriate for oxidative protein folding
We study the excitatory glutamate activated receptor-channels in the vertebrate central nervous system
How Ras-related GTPases regulate basic cellular processes
To understand the biology and enzymology of protein palmitoylation
How bacterial signaling is controlling biofilm formation and pathogenicity
To understand the molecular and cellular events that direct the formation of vertebrate organs
We study the structure and function of nicotinic acetylcholine and glutamate receptors in signal transduction
To reveal the architecture and molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins that mediate extracellular signaling
GRADUATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN MOLECULAR MEDICINE
As part of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program, we provide cutting-edge research opportunities, state of the art facilities, a dynamic educational environment, and a supportive community in gorgeous surroundings. <more>
The mission of the Department of Molecular Medicine is to make fundamental discoveries in basic research that will be relevant to and impact the biomedical community; educate and train graduate students, postdoctoral (Ph.D) and DVM fellows, and educate veterinary students in the basic biological concepts that underlie the development of treatment strategies.
The over-arching theme of the research being conducted in Molecular Medicine is to obtain basic understandings of protein structure and function, protein-protein, and protein-membrane interactions as they pertain to fundamental processes in cell and developmental biology. The research efforts of the department faculty encompass cancer cell signaling and metabolism, structural determinations of membrane proteins and signaling systems, the molecular basis by which cells and their organelles respond to extracellular stimuli and stress, and signaling events that underlie neuronal transmission and function.