Drosophila ovarian tissue
This image shows Drosophila ovarian tissue stained to see actin (red) and Filamin (blue) in muscle fibers. The small green dots are the FasciclinIII cell adhesion protein fused to Green Fluorescent Protein. The Fas3::GFP dots outline individual muscle cells. The large Fas3::GFP spots are in the egg chambers within the muscle layer.
Micrograph from Dr. Andrew M. Hudson in Lynn Cooley's lab
Cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics are central to virtually all pursuits in the biological and biomedical sciences. These fields have been energized by the wealth of information emerging from the many ongoing genomics projects in mammals and other organisms. Once new genes are identified, the activities of encoded proteins can be determined at the cellular level to understand their functions, interactions, and biological significance.
Students have access not only to an exceptionally broad range of research topics, but also to a range of highly specialized experimental approaches. These include high-throughput microarray technology for genomic and proteomic analysis, high-resolution confocal microscopy and image analysis, electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, and single-cell and patch-clamp recording for electrophysiology studies.
Individual labs and shared facilities are well equipped for research in all areas of modern molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, and membrane biophysics. Core facilities, such as the Center for Cell Imaging and the Center for Genomics and Proteomics, offer not only technical support and service, but also maintain active training programs in which students receive hands-on instruction.
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