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Institute Director: Ken Prehoda
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Bowerman Lab research
Evolutionary studies of the Wnt signaling pathway in the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii. This new and emerging model organism is proving useful for understanding the evolution of developmental pathways that control animal body plans. Shown here are photomicrographs of 38-cell and 49-cell stage embryos. These images show fluorescent staining within fixed embryos stained for beta-catenin (red) and alpha-tubulin (green); views are from the animal pole. Tubulin marks the mitotic spindle, which helps to score cell division. beta-catenin is a key component of the Wnt signaling pathway that controls many developmental processes, including stem cell development, and is mutated in many important human cancers, including colon cancer.Bowerman Lab. For details, see Schneider and Bowerman, Developmental Cell 13, 73-86.

Recent IMB Research Publications

StructureStructural basis for regulation of Arp2/3 complex by GMF.
Nature Struct Mol Biol Aug 2013
Nolen Lab

Pete von Hippel Graduate Scholar Award

The Pete von Hippel Graduate Scholar Award was established in 2009 as part of our IMB 50th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium, to honor Pete von Hippel's contributions to the IMB and to recognize each year an outstanding senior graduate student. To learn more about this award, and to make donations, go to the von Hippel Award website.

IMB News

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Department of Biology welcome two new faculty members, Diana Libuda and Annie Powell, starting in Winter 2014!

Chris Doe has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences! Read more...

Eric Selker has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences! Read more...

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