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Center for Cellular Dynamics

Center for Cellular Dynamics

Supporting research in cytoskeleton and intracellular transport, cellular changes during development and disease, cell-cell communication and interactions, and live imaging

Our members also participate in departmental graduate programs, as well as interdisciplinary graduate programs organized through the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

We use the Center to share ideas and expertise, to organize events that stimulate creative thinking, and to create a more collaborative and exciting research community.

Recent publications
In vivo observations of a fluorescent protein may spark development of novel cancer treatments Using a technique known as Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC), Zhi-Chun Lai and his lab have directly visualized the activation of the Hippo (Hpo) tumor-suppressor pathway in living cells.
Researchers identify gene required for nerve regeneration A team led by Melissa Rolls has found that a mutation in a single gene can completely shut down the process by which axons, nerve-cell components responsible for sending signals to other cells, regenerate after being damaged.
Protein required for flexible behavior is identified Researchers have identified in mice a protein that is necessary for maintaining behavioral flexibility, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances; their findings may offer new insights for addressing such human afflictions as autism and schizophrenia, in which this ability is significantly impaired.
News
Research-to-startup program helps build entrepreneurship among scientists including Huck Institutes faculty researchers Tony Jun Huang and Gong Chen. Ben Franklin's TechCelerator turns promising research into startups with promise - Full article
A group of Penn State students led by Assistant Professor of Biology Charles Anderson is exploring ways to make plants hardier, boosting world food supplies in the process. Research team sets sights on fighting hunger by strengthening plants - Full article
A group of students led by Charles Anderson has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support their new research project in sustainable agriculture, Fast Farming: Feeding a Hot, Dry World. Crowdfunding campaign underway to support student research on sustainable agriculture - Full article
Events
Oct 29, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Kyung-An Han (University of Texas at El Paso)
Neuromodulatory Mechanisms for Individual and Species Fitness
Nov 5, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Peter Gianaros (University of Pittsburgh)
How does the brain break our hearts?
Dec 3, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Carlos Lois (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Title to be announced