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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Dale Cameron

Committee Member

Rebecca Roberts

Committee Member

Christian Rice

Committee Member

Dale Cameron

Department Chair

Anthony Lobo

Department Chair

Eric Williamsen

External Reviewer

Justin Hines

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Project Description

This study seeks to understand the origins and consequences of prions in baker's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Specifically, we aim to demonstrate that prions can misfold not only post-translationally, but also during their synthesis on ribosomes as well. To that end, I have developed a variety of biochemical tools to assess the aggregation profile of three prion proteins (Sup35, Rnq1, and Ure2) on ribosomes. Additionally, a distinct yet related project explores one prion, [PSI+], and its effects on the entire yeast proteome. We aim to understand how prions can modulate gene expression at the translational level, as well as how prion-dependent changes in protein expression are shaped by the presence of environmental stressors.


Supported by a NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant R15GM119081-01.