George von Dassow
The cells composing invertebrate embryos perform – in a great hurry, synchronously, and in large numbers – most of the fundamental behaviors that characterize all animal cells. My current research focus is the self-assembly and function of the cytoskeleton during embryonic cell division, especially during the induction and maintenance of the cytokinetic apparatus – the poorly-understood machine that actually pinches the cell in two. My collaborators and I use fluorescent-protein probes, micromanipulation, and time-lapse confocal microscopy to describe the dynamics and functional relations among microtubules, actomyosin, and key signaling molecules. While this is my main project recently, I’m generally interested in cell behavior during early development, and in the comparative embryology of invertebrates. I do not supervise graduate students, but I am available to work with undergraduates and eager to collaborate on microscopy or embryology.
Please visit my former lab the Center for Cell Dynamics for more about my research.