Robert D. Renthal, Ph.D.
Areas of Specialization
» Biochemistry and biophysics of cell membranes
» Insect chemical communication
» Lanthanide tags in live bacterial cells
Ph.D. in Biochemistry; Columbia University
A.B. in Chemistry; Princeton University
Research in Dr. Renthal’s lab is focused on the following areas:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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