Raghuvir Viswanatha, Ph.D.
I am intrigued by the dynamic regulation of subcellular compartments in eukaryotic cells. I got my Ph.D. from Tony Bretscher’s lab at Cornell University through studies of the dynamic spatial and temporal regulation of a key cytoskeletal protein, ezrin, by its kinase. Manipulating the dynamics led to the reversible, selective loss of a subcellular structure called microvilli. In the Perrimon Lab, I hope to use proteomics and functional genomics to obtain a detailed parts list for many more subcellular components with the goal of gaining broad insight into their formation, the regulation of their abundance and morphology, their evolution, and their involvement in tissue-specific cell functions.