Interior Design: The Essential Role of Microtubules in Living Cells
The image above shows microtubules within cells from the laboratory of biophysicist Jennifer Ross (Physics Department). The cells are from the laboratory of biologist Patricia Wadsworth. Ross is an expert on microtubules – strong, hollow tubes about 10-100 micrometers in length and 25 nanometers in diameter - that provide essential structure to living cells. Microtubule organization is critical to many cellular processes and failure to create the correct microtubule networks results in a range of diseases and abnormalities including cancers, birth defects, and neuromuscular diseases as well as cell death. The Ross research group is working to understand the underlying physical principles guiding microtubule organization. Ross is also the recipient of a prestigious Biophysical Society Award. Learn more.
Photo credit: Michael Gramlich