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We are affiliated with the Department of Biology, the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, and the Lineberger Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The research in our lab is centered on understanding the mechanisms and principles of cellular movement. Cytoskeletal filaments - composed of actin and microtubules - serve as a structural scaffolding that defines the architecture of the cytoplasm and gives cells the ability to divide, crawl, and change their shape. We are interested in understanding how cells regulate cytoskeletal dynamics to produce motility. Our primary model system is the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as it allows us to use functional genomic tools and classical genetic techniques to study gene function at the level of individual cells and during development. Current projects in the lab address mechanisms of microtubule dynamic instability, crosstalk between the actin and microtubule cytoskeletal networks, and the regulation of cellular contractility during embryonic development.

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Lab News

Fall 2011
* Alyssa passed her graduate Preliminary Exam

Spring 2011
* Kyle was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Heart Association
* Congratulations to Dr. Josh Currie on his thesis defense!!
* Josh's paper was accepted for publication in Nature Protocols
* Check out our new paper about the role of Katanin in cell migration in Nature Cell Biology


Rogers Lab
Department of Biology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
422 Fordham Hall, Campus Box 3280
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280

Tel: 919.843.7788
Fax: 919.962.1625