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Douglas Robinson

Douglas Robison

Understanding cell shape change

Douglas Robinson is a cell biologist, geneticist, and biophysicist who investigates how cells form the shapes required for the specialized functions necessary for human health.  Doug’s lab studies Dictyostelium cytokinesis with a rich spectrum of experimental approaches, ranging from genetics and biochemistry to biophysics and computational biology.   Doug’s group also investigates comparative cellular morphogenesis.  Researchers are determining how principles uncovered in Dictyostelium cytokinesis work in other cell shape change events, including mouse oocyte maturation, and fruit fly (Drosophila) egg chamber development and entosis, in which one cell engulfs another.

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