Research on cell division (meiosis or mitosis) is highly relevant to human health issues. Cell division is normally tightly regulated, occurring only when necessary and faithfully passing one or two sets of the chromosomes to daughter cells.
  • Uncontrolled cell division leads to cancer.
  • Environmental chemicals affecting the fidelity of cell division may cause sterility, birth defects and cancer.
  • Certain cancer drugs such as taxol or vincristine trigger cancer cell death after inducing prolonged mitotic arrest.
  • Several enzymes (kinases or kinesins) involved in mitosis regulation have become novel drug targets for cancer therapy.
Our lab is open to visit from the public and would be happy to offer research opportunities to high school students, undergraduate students, K-12 school teachers and other visiting scholars. We are also eager to collaborate with clinical researchers.

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