Single-molecule biophysics research group

University of California, Berkeley



 

Welcome to the Yildiz lab!

 

Our lab combines molecular biology and biophysical techniques to understand mechanisms that underlie the cellular organization and motility. Single-molecule imaging and optical trapping allow us to directly observe molecular motions, time courses of reactions and heterogeneity in subpopulations of proteins. One of our major goals is to understand how microtubular motors work individually and collectively to power intracellular transport and organismal motility. Another research focus is to determine how DNA-associated proteins alter the structure and spatial organization of DNA by using superresolution imaging techniques.

Our lab is located in Stanley Hall and Birge Hall at the University of California Berkeley.

 

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  Most graduate students in our lab come from the Biophysics Graduate Group, an independent Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley.

 

 


HIGHLIGHTS

Paper on AAA3 regulatory site of dynein gets published in NSMB. Congrats to M. DeWitt et al.!

Paper on dynein load-sharing mechanism gets published in Nature Communications. Congrats to V. Belyy et al.!

Paper on dynein processivity gets published in Nature Communications. Congrats to F. Cleary et al.!

A preview discussing our G-quadruplex work gets published in Structure.

A review on molecular motors and fluorescence gets published in FEBS Letters.

Ahmet Yildiz receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Paper on helical motility of dynein gets published in eLife. Congrats to S. Can et al.!

Paper on G-Quadruplex formation in telomeres gets published in PNAS. Congrats to J. Bandaria and coathors!

Paper on IFT and gliding motility gets published in eLife. Congrats to S.-M. Shih et al.!

The Yildiz lab gets a new espresso machine!

Paper on myxobacterial motors gets published in PNAS. Congrats to J. Bandaria and co-authors!

The lab's first paper gets accepted to Science! Congrats to M. Dewitt, A. Chang, P. Combs, and A. Yildiz

Ahmet Yildiz receives the 2011 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award

Ahmet Yildiz receives The NSF CAREER Award