Current efforts in the lab are mainly directed towards studying the signal transduction pathways to activate and silence the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC), with particular focus on the regulation of assembly and disassembly of the Mitotic Checkpoint Complex (MCC). We have also just started characterizing how a novel SAC silencing protein TRIP13 contributes to breast cancer development. 

     In addition, we have maintained long-term interest in dissecting the composition, assembly, structure and function of the centromere/kinetochore complex, one of the major subcellular structures that contribute to high-fidelity chromosome segregation during cell division. Recent efforts have expanded to include research into several novel centrosomal proteins.
    We are continuously looking for highly self-motivated colleagues. Inquiries to join the lab as postdoctoral researchers or graduate students are always welcome. Experience in molecular cell biology, biochemistry or light microscopy will be of great help, but education or research background in cancer biology, biophysics, engineering, computer science or chemistry can also be quite useful in our work.     
   Undergraduate students who are interested in adventures in lab research can stop by WO4254 anytime. The lab normally hosts only 2~4 undergraduate researchers to ensure proper personal attention. The undergraduate researchers are also strongly encouraged to pursue >1 academic year of research endeavor in order to get the most from the experience. Former undergraduate researchers have been co-authors on the publications from the lab.

    The lab members have won the following AWARDS
        2017  Chad Burkholder, Honors student, 2016 fall-2017 spring

                   First-class prize, the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toledo 

           2016 "The OSU College of Medicine Future Physicians Award for Most Outstanding Project" and 
                  "Mercy Medical Award for Most Outstanding Project". (High School Student Sanjay Jinka, supervised by Dr. Michael Moenk.)
        Awards in Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and Ohio Academy of Science District Science Day (high school student Alison Yang)
        UT First Year Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Shermeen Sufi-2010, Katelyn Dunaway-2017)
        The Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Program (Francesca Leonardi-2015)
        American Society for Cell Biology Travel Award (graduate student Aaron Tipton)
        Departmental Research Day poster award (graduate students Wenbin Ji, Chris Arnst) 
        Excellence in Research Award, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Toledo (Dr. Song-Tao Liu)
         Discover Award, Ohio Cancer Research Associates (Dr. Song-Tao Liu)


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