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.
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.
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.
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.
The primary focus of our laboratory is to delineate cellular energy and nutrient sensing pathways, including metabolic checkpoints that integrate cellular survival and bioenergetics.