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Research Spotlight:
Understanding Cell Functionality to Treat Disease

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Professor Jeanne Stachowiak examines the system of molecules that drive cellular membranes to curve and theories about the physical processes that are responsible for assembly of curved membrane structures during diverse cellular events such as uptake of drugs and pathogens, wound healing, and cell division. Cellular membranes' ability to curve is critical to health. Generally, cellular membranes curve to form membrane compartments that take up proteins and nutrients from their surrounding environment. If there are disruptions and mutations to this process, disease occurs. Read more...