N. Gautam, Ph.D., Washington University

Washington University, Saint Louis 
School of Medicine
Topic: Deconstructing cell behavior with subcellular optogenetics
Date: Wednesday, September 28th 
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Place: B448 Life Science Bldg
Host: Neubig
Abstract: A number of molecules involved in cell migration have been identified but it is not clear how they interact dynamically to govern cell behaviors like migration. We have developed optogenetic approaches to perturb signaling protein activity and local plasma membrane tension in intact living cells. We have used these to identify how dynamic subcellular changes in signaling and membrane tension operate together to execute complex migratory responses.