Understanding how membrane-less organelles form with optogenetic tools
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- PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
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- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute
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|Dr Dezerae Cox|
Summary The project will involve designing and cloning new constructs, testing their expression in mammalian cells and designing mutations into them.
Recent research has identified a completely novel phase-separation strategy cells use to organize proteins and nucleic acids together into protein liquid droplet compartments that are distinct to the those traditionally bound by membranes (such as the ER). The fundamental details of these protein liquid droplets are formed is not well understood but defects in how they form appear to be central to neurodegenerative disease mechanisms. In this project, a new optogenetic toolkit will be used to control how protein liquid droplets form in mammalian cells using light. The project test whether several candidate proteins form liquid droplets and design mutations to test how the droplet formation is regulated. The project will involve designing and cloning new constructs, testing their expression in mammalian cells and designing mutations into them.
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PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
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