Single-molecule biophysics research group

University of California, Berkeley



 

Welcome to the Yildiz lab!

 

Our lab combines molecular biology and biophysical techniques to understand mechanisms that underlie the cellular organization and motility. Single-molecule imaging and optical trapping allow us to directly observe molecular motions, time courses of reactions and heterogeneity in subpopulations of proteins. One of our major goals is to understand how microtubular motors work individually and collectively to power intracellular transport and organismal motility. Another research focus is to determine how DNA-associated proteins alter the structure and spatial organization of DNA by using superresolution imaging techniques.

Our lab is located in Stanley Hall and Birge Hall at the University of California Berkeley.

 

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  Most graduate students in our lab come from the Biophysics Graduate Group, an independent Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley.

 

 


HIGHLIGHTS

Ahmet Yildiz receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Paper on G-Quadruplex formation in telomeres gets published in PNAS. Congrats to J. Bandaria and coathors!

Paper on IFT and gliding motility gets published in eLife. Congrats to S.-M. Shih et al.!

The Yildiz lab gets a new espresso machine!

Paper on myxobacterial motors gets published in PNAS. Congrats to J. Bandaria and co-authors!

The lab's first paper gets accepted to Science! Congrats to M. Dewitt, A. Chang, P. Combs, and A. Yildiz

Ahmet Yildiz receives the 2011 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award

Ahmet Yildiz receives The NSF CAREER Award

Amy Chang, Frank Cleary, and Vlad Belyy receive The NSF Graduate Fellowship

Ahmet Yildiz receives 2009 The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging

Ahmet Yildiz receives The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship read more >

Ahmet's work with Ron Vale on the role of intramolecular tension in kinesin stepping is the featured article of the September 19th 2008 issue of Cell.
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