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Motor Proteins: Molecular Engines of Life
Prof Ronald D. Vale is a Vice President of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Executive Director of its Janelia Research Campus. Ron received his Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University in 1985, was a Staff Fellow with the NIH stationed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in 1985-6 and began his faculty appointment in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco in 1987.

Ron’s research has focused on how cargoes are transported within cells using molecular motor proteins. He discovered the motor protein “kinesin,” and his laboratory was involved in elucidating its mechanism of movement using structural and single-molecule approaches. For the past fifteen years, Ron has investigated the mechanism of dynein, a much larger and more complex molecular motor. His lab also discovered and studied proteins that sever, nucleate, and cap microtubules. Currently, his laboratories studies T cell and macrophage signalling, RNA biology and phase separation, the role of the cytoskeleton in tissue organization, and the regulation of ciliary motility.

Nov 22, 2021 07:30 PM in Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi

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