30/09/2016 - 12:00 - Sala Marie Curie

Specialized ribosomes: A new frontier in gene regulation, organismal biology & evolution

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Maria Barna

Departments of Developmental Biology & Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University. Stanford, USA

Barna, from the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, US, studies how intricate control of gene expression and cell signalling is regulated on a minute-by-minute basis to give rise to the remarkable diversity of cell types and tissue morphology that form the living blueprints of developing organisms. Her research aims to add a new dimension to the understanding of how cells “know” where to go, when to move and differentiate by employing novel technologies that probe these questions at a highly molecular and nanoscale level. Her work is presently split into two main research efforts. The first is investigating “specialized ribosomes” and mRNA translation in control of gene expression genome-wide in space and time during development. The second is centred on employing state-of-the-art live cell imaging to visualize cell signalling and cellular control of organogenesis. She has been invited by Fátima Gebauer (CRG).