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Michael Cianfrocco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry
Accepting new students?
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Bystander Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training, First Generation-Identified
Research Interests:
microtubule, motor proteins, cryo-EM

Research Interests

Our research program focuses on the structural biology and biophysics underlying microtubule-based intracellular transport through the use of cryo-electron microscopy, single molecule TIRF, and biochemistry.

Overarching questions of the lab: How is specificity determined between motor proteins and cargo? How are the activities of multi-motor complexes regulated? What are the molecular consequences of neurodegenerative disease-causing mutations?

Along the way, we are also developing cloud computing tools for cryo-electron microscopy to facilitate its adoption and to remove barriers for new users.

I am committed to training and educating a diverse cadre of students, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers to build a diverse community of scientists that will be able to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.