My research interests are focused on the molecular mechanisms that guide neuronal growth cones through the developing embryo to reach and select their appropriate synaptic targets.
The Farese & Walther Lab determines the mechanisms how cells regulate the abundance of lipids, how they store lipids to buffer fluctuation in their availability and how these processes function in membrane biology and cell physiology.
Our laboratory studies the functions and mechanisms of the ubiquitin-proteasome and autophagy systems in cellular signaling and neurodegeneration using proteomic, genetic and biochemical approaches.
Our research focuses on deciphering molecular mechanisms that drive metabolic disease, and using this information to develop targeted therapeutic strategies. Mitochondria are critical hubs for metabolic signalling, and their dysfunction is key in the pathology of metabolic disease. We combine mass spectrometry and targeted pharmacological approaches in vivo to understand how mitochondrial redox metabolism controls physiology in clinically informative mouse models of obesity and diabetes.
A major focus of my lab is to understand epigenetic regulation and its role in human diseases. Specifically, we are investigating how histone methylation is dynamically regulated as well as mechanisms involved in the recognition of combinatorial modifications occurring on histone tails that are important for chromatin regulation.
Our laboratory determines the mechanisms how cells regulate the abundance of lipids, how they store lipids to buffer fluctuation in their availability and how these processes function in membrane biology and cell physiology.
We study how cell-cell signaling molecules set up spatial pattern, particularly in the development and regeneration of connections in the nervous system.
The research in Yuan lab is aimed at elucidation of the molecular mechanisms regulating cell death under physiological and pathological conditions.
My lab studies internal and external sensory systems, such as olfaction, taste, and internal senses mediated by the vagus nerve. We seek to unravel the molecular logic of sensory systems- from stimulus detection in the periphery to the orchestration of behavioral and physiological responses.
We study biochemical and cellular mechanisms involved in signal transduction through the Hedgehog signaling pathway. We also develop and apply new chemical technologies to study the cell biology of lipids.