The research in
our group is focused on various aspects of RNA structure and function.
5S rRNA is a component of the ribosome and its expression and utilization
oocytes provides a simple system for studying developmental control
of transcription, intracellular transport of RNA, and the principles of
RNA-protein recognition. In fact, current projects in the lab are involved
in all three of these areas.
Other members of our group are studying the localization and translational
control of Vg1 mRNA. This RNA is transported to one end of the oocyte
during a specific time in development. Once localized, the mRNA can
then be translated. This process insures that the Vg1 protein is restricted
to a particular location in the cell. More details of our research