Dr. Robert Renthal

The laboratory's research focus is insect sensory reception, cell membrane assembly, and bacterial cytoplasmic protein complexes.

Insect Sensory Reception
How is information stored and transferred by social insects? Ant colonies are considered to be prime examples of "self-organizing" systems. We are testing this idea by examining the mechanisms of pheromone signalling by ants, using methods ranging from proteomic analysis and electron microscopy to studies of whole colony behavior.

Cell Membrane Assembly
How are integral membrane proteins assembled in lipid bilayers? Using biophysical and genetic methods, we are studying the oligomerization of multi-subunit integral membrane proteins.

Bacterial Cytoplasmic Protein Complexes
We are using luminescence resonance energy transfer to study assembly of filaments and microcompartments in living bacterial cells.

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