Research Summary

Our lab focuses on the structural mechanisms of motor proteins and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) methods. The long-term goal is to reveal the mechanisms of high-level cellular activities driven by motor proteins from a structure perspective at the atomic level. We are particularly interested in dyneins and many related protein complexes for their fascinating roles in intracellular/intraflagellar transport, cell division, organelle positioning, cell motility, neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration, viral infection and the mechanisms of dynein activity regulation during these processes. In addition to dynein mechanisms, we are also passionate about cryo-EM/ET methodology development and interdisciplinary researches in depth to enable the visualization of atomic details of large, dynamic protein complexes in vitro and in situ.

Research interests:

Algorithms; Automatic Data Processing; Axons; Axonal Transport; Axoneme; Axonemal Dyneins; Biochemistry; Biophysics; Chlamydomonas; Cilia; Ciliary Motility Disorders; Cryoelectron Microscopy; Cytoskeleton; Dyneins; Flagella; Image Processing, Computer-Assisted; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Microscopy, Electron; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Microtubules; Molecular Biology; Nervous System Diseases; Protein Conformation; Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted; Tomography; Tetrahymena thermophila; Protein Structure, Tertiary etc.