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The Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Miami is strongly committed to excellence in both research and education. Comprised of approximately fifteen research groups and forty graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the department has major areas of concentration in cardiovascular pharmacology, muscle physiology, neuropharmacology and neuroscience. research is conducted in state-of-the-art research facilities, which combined with collaborations between multiple programs, helps contribute to a rich and stimulating research environment.
Verde lab publishes in Science
A study, led by Maitreyi Das, Ph.D. (Assistant Scientist) and Fulvia Verde, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology), was recently published in Science.  The article, titled “Oscillatory Dynamics of Cdc42 GTPase in the Control of Polarized Growth”, uses fission yeast as a model system to reveal a mechanism by which cells can initiate bipolar growth.  An intricate system of positive and delayed negative feedback loops, involving the Rho-family protein Cdc42 and associated proteins, promotes anti-correlated oscillations in growth at two sites. This mechanism allows cells to escape from a “winner-take-all” single growth zone and to initiate and maintain bipolar growth.  Read more...
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