Deformed cilia can lead to a host of diseases and conditions in the human body because of a problem related to their assembly, which requires the translocation of vast quantities of the vital cell protein tubulin.

University of Georgia researcher Julie Craft and assistant professor Dr. Karl Lechtreck have published a study that shows the mechanism behind tubulin transport and its assembly into cilia, including the first video imagery of the process.

Congratulations to Heather Bishop, in Dr. Vasant Muralidharan’s laboratory, for being awarded an ARCS Foundation Fellowship. This is a 3 year monetary award that reflects on her early accomplishment as a scientist. Heather is researching the involvement of ER chaperones in protein trafficking pathways out of the ER in the most deadly human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.