Liang-Wei Gong

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Assistant professor
    Office: SEL 4294 Phone: 312-413-0089
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Synaptic transmission is mediated by fusion of synaptic vesicles with presynaptic plasma membrane to release neurotransmitter inside the vesicles. Exocytosis of synaptic vesicles is followed by endocytosis to form vesicles and local recycling of the synaptic vesicles. The mechanisms for exocytosis and endocytosis represent one of the most exciting topics in neurobiology and cell biology. Vesicle fusion is thought to be mediated by SNARE proteins, and actin, clathrin and dynamin are believed to be essential for clathrin-mediated endocytosis.

    In my lab, we combine genetic and cell biological approaches with biophysical methods to investigate the mechanisms of exocytosis and endocytosis.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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