• The Cell Biology Research Scholars Program is a Harvard University summer internship for undergraduate students with a passion for scientific discovery and fundamental biology.
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  • Dr. Kelsey Martin (UCLA) speaks at Neuro-RNA Symposium, 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.

Recent Awards & Achievements

News - 04/27/2016 - 6:05pm

Yang Shi elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016 Class
Yang Shi

We congratulate faculty member Yang Shi, one of four members of the Harvard Medical School community who are part of this year’s class of national and international leaders elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, AAAS is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious ...Read more >>

Latest Research

News - 03/23/2016 - 2:29pm

Rapoport lab determines structure of the active translocon
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A recent paper by Li et al. (Rapoport lab, with help from Hidde Ploegh’s lab at the MIT), reports a crystal structure of the active protein translocation channel, which had been a “holy grail” in the field. Previously, the Rapoport lab had reported crystal structures of the idle channel (van den Berg, B. et al. Nature 427, 36-44 (2004)) and of a complex of the channel with the translocation ATPase SecA (Zimmer et al. Nature 455, 936-943 (2008)). Structures ...Read more >>

News - 02/24/2016 - 10:44pm

Rapoport Lab clarifies mechanism of a bacterial O-glycosyltransferase
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Many proteins are glycosylated on Ser or Thr residues, but the mechanism of O-glycosylation is only poorly understood. A recent study by Chen et al. (Rapoport Lab, in collaboration with Paul Sullam’s lab at San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center) reports on the mechanism by which the cytosolic O-glycosyltransferase GtfA/B of ...Read more >>

News - 02/24/2016 - 5:24pm

Liao Lab determines high-resolution cryo-EM structures of synaptic RAG1-RAG2 complex to reveal the molecular mechanism of V(D)J recombination
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Diverse repertoires of antigen-receptor genes that result from combinatorial splicing of V(D)J gene segments are hallmarks of vertebrate immunity. The (RAG1-RAG2)2 recombinase precisely recognizes and cleaves two different recombination signal sequences (12-RSS and 23-RSS), and forms synaptic complexes only with one 12-RSS and one 23-RSS, a dogma known as the 12/23 rule that governs the recombination fidelity. As described in a recent paper in ...Read more >>

News - 02/24/2016 - 9:22am

Spiegelman Lab identifies Slit2-C as secreted protein that regulates adipose tissue thermogenesis
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This new work, by Katrin Svensson in the Spiegelman Lab and recently published in Cell Metabolism, has found a new function for Slit2, a protein secreted from beige cells. Slit2-C, a C-terminal cleaved fragment of Slit2 circulates in plasma and improves glucose homeostasis in mice by activating a ...Read more >>