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Robert D. Renthal, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization

» Biochemistry and biophysics of cell membranes
» Insect chemical communication
» Lanthanide tags in live bacterial cells

South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
UTSA Neurosciences Institute


Ph.D. in Biochemistry; Columbia University
A.B. in Chemistry; Princeton University


Research Interests

Research in Dr. Renthal’s lab is focused on the following areas:

  1. Insect sensory reception – How is information stored and transferred by social insects? Ant colonies are considered to be prime examples of "self-organizing" systems. The lab is testing this idea by examining the mechanisms of pheromone signaling by ants, using methods ranging from proteomic analysis and electron microscopy to studies of whole colony behavior.
  2. Cell membrane assembly – How are integral membrane proteins assembled in lipid bilayers? Using biophysical and genetic methods, the lab is studying the oligomerization of multi-subunit integral membrane proteins.
  3. Bacterial cytoplasmic protein complexes – The lab is using luminescence resonance energy transfer to study assembly of filaments and microcompartments in living bacterial cells.



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