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    PhD/MSTP Students, High School Students, Undergraduate Students, Post-Baccalaureate Students, PhD/MSTP Students, Postdocs

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    Our work is driven by fundamental cell biological questions: How are the micron-scale functions of organelles determined by the assembly of nanometer-scale proteins? How do complex structures grow and duplicate? How are non-membrane-bound organelles differentiated from the cytoplasm?

    The Wang lab studies these questions in the context of the mammalian centrosome-cilium complex. Centrosomes and cilia are micron-scale, highly-conserved organelles involved in many essential cellular processes, including cell division, signaling, and motility. These organelles are critical in development, and their defects are associated with a wide range of disease states, including cancer and a group of syndromes known as ciliopathies. We use molecular, cellular, and biochemical approaches, including CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and high resolution microscopy, to address questions that integrate scales from tissues to proteins.


    Mission Statement:
    The Wang lab has four main goals:

    1. To make exciting, novel, reproducible scientific discoveries;
    2. To help each lab member develop into an excellent scientist, which will include skills that are important for many career paths;
    3. To create and maintain a fun, collegial, intellectually-stimulating lab environment;
    4. To contribute positively to the greater scientific community.

    Core values:
    First and foremost, science is fun! We are passionate about our scientific questions and love the process of discovery. However, science is not always easy, and structural problems can prevent people from fully enjoying their work. To maintain the joy of science for everyone, our lab values include the following:

    1. Science is for everyone. We’re enriched by each lab member’s unique, diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and we strongly believe that good ideas and excellent experiments are not limited to members of any particular group.
    2. Teamwork, respect and collegiality are essential. We believe that each lab member has an important role, and it’s important that we work together and help each other. We strive for open communication between lab members, and mutual respect for differing opinions. We do not tolerate harassment, bullying, or discrimination of any kind.
    3. We maintain honesty and integrity at all times. Interpersonal honesty and integrity are important for sustaining healthy working relationships and for allowing us to help each other. Scientific honesty and integrity are absolutely essential to our work.
    4. Science is an iterative process – it will never be perfect on the first try! We aim to cultivate growth mindsets.
    5. Hard work is important – but not over-work. Making new discoveries requires hard work and dedication. However, to maintain creativity and efficiency, it’s important to take time to recharge. Your mental health and well-being are extremely important.

    Available to Mentor:

    • PhD/MSTP Students
    • Undergraduate Students
    • Post-Baccalaureate Students
    • High School Students
    • Postdocs


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