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MOLECULAR BIOPHYSICS LABORATORY

Areas of Research
 
  • Mitochondrial Membrane Protein Folding and Function
  • Membrane Protein Regulation in Cancer and Neurodeneration
  • Molecular Experimental Biophysics
Current Research
 

Transmembrane beta-barrels of the mitochondrial outer membrane are indispensable for cellular homeostasis. These mitochondrial outer membrane proteins (mOMPs) play additional roles in ROS suppression, aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. I study the biogenesis, function, and regulation of the three vital mOMPs:
(i) VDAC (Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel), the major metabolite governator

(ii) the Sorting and Assemby Machinery (SAM) its core protein Sam50, and its bacterial counterpart BamA

(iii) the Translocases of the Outer Membrane (TOM) complex, and its core unit Tom40.

The ultimate goal of the research in my laboratory is to identify a functional link between mitostasis, mOMP remodeling and quality control, and onset of cancer, neurodegeneration, and aging-associated diseases.



Positions open
 
We are looking for highly motivated postdoctoral fellows, Ph. D. students, and project research fellows, to work on high-impact biochemical research on human mitochondrial membrane proteins using cutting edge technologies. S/He must have strong motivation and ambition to succeed in challenging research that correlates mOMP function and misregulation in cancer and neurodegeneration. Apply with your list of publications, a one-page fully referenced research proposal, and names of three referees to: maha[at]iiserb.ac.in
 
 
 
 

 

Dr. R. Mahalakshmi

Associate Professor

Biological Sciences

Dr. R. Mahalakshmi

 

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