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  • Left: Actin (green), microtubules (blue), & DNA (red) in a mouse embryonic fibroblast.  Courtesy of A. Lomakin (Danuser lab).
    Right: Endoplasmic reticulum-associated Climp63 (red) & reticulons (green) in mammalian cells.  From Shibata et al. Cell (Rapoport Lab).

  • Dr. Kelsey Martin (UCLA) speaks at Neuro-RNA Symposium 2013, organized by Cell Biology postdocs.

  • Recent PhDs from Cell Bio & BBS: Rachel Davidowitz, David Rhee, Joshua Wilson-Grady, M. Rosa Ng, Sinisa Hravtin, & E. Emrah Er. 

  • Cell Biology faculty members Anders Näär, Tom Rapoport, and John Flanagan at the annual departmental retreat, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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The Nikon Imaging Center (NIC) at Harvard Medical School is a large core light microscopy facility used by biomedical research scientists throughout the Longwood Medical area.  The primary responsibilities of the NIC ...Read more >>

Recent Awards & Achievements

News - 12/09/2015 - 3:57pm

Anders Näär receives Research to Prevent Blindness Stein Innovation Award
Anders Näär

RPB Stein Innovation Awards provide funds to researchers in the ophthalmology department and to basic science or other relevant vision researchers outside of the ophthalmology department (but within the institution) with a common goal of understanding the visual system and the diseases that compromise its function. These awards are intended to provide seed money to proposed high-risk/high-gain vision science research which is ...Read more >>

Latest Research

News - 10/29/2015 - 10:29am

New pathway of energy expenditure from the Spiegelman Lab
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The epidemic of obesity and diabetes have increased interest in pathways that cause an increase in metabolic rates. The classical pathway of adaptive thermogenesis involves the function of mitochondrial Uncoupling Protein 1 (UCP1) in brown fat. This new work by the Spiegelman lab and published recently in Cell ...Read more >>

News - 10/07/2015 - 4:59pm

Harper Lab elucidates the molecular underpinnings of delivery of ferritin to autophagosomes through the NCOA4 pathway and demonstrates a role for NCOA4 in erythroid development
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NCOA4 is a selective cargo receptor for the autophagic turnover of ferritin, a process critical for regulation of intracellular iron bioavailability. However, how ferritinophagy flux is controlled and the roles of NCOA4 in iron-dependent processes are poorly understood. Through analysis of the NCOA4-FTH1 interaction, the Harper lab demonstrated that direct association via a key surface arginine in FTH1 and a C-terminal element in ...Read more >>

News - 10/07/2015 - 4:55pm

Through a systematic proteomic analysis of the VCP–UBXD adaptor network, the Harper Lab identifies a role for UBXN10 in regulating ciliogenesis
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The AAA-ATPase VCP (also known as p97 or CDC48) uses ATP hydrolysis to ‘segregate’ ubiquitylated proteins from their binding partners, and has been implicated in numerous pathways ranging from ERAD to repair of damaged DNA. VCP acts through UBX-domain-containing adaptors that provide target specificity, but the targets and functions of UBXD proteins remain poorly understood. Through systematic proteomic analysis of UBXD proteins in human cells reported in Nature Cell Biology, the ...Read more >>