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Laboratory of Immunogenetics

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The research in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics (LIG) focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the signaling functions of immune cell receptors. This work encompasses a wide spectrum of experimental approaches from the structural determination of immune receptors to live-cell image analysis of the behavior of chemotactic receptors.

LIG members are highly interactive, creating a unique environment in which structural biology, molecular, and cell biology are interfaced. Interactions within LIG are facilitated by weekly work-in-progress presentations detailing recent advances and future directions of LIG fellows and students.

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Research Objectives

  • Structure and function of the natural killer (NK) cell inhibitory and activating receptors
  • Molecular mechanisms underlying the functions of the FcgammaRIIB receptor
  • Signal transduction pathway in chemotaxis mediated by G protein-coupled receptors
  • Function of the B-cell antigen receptor in initiating signaling cascades and transporting antigen for processing with the MHC class II molecules
  • Structures of components of important pathogens and the cellular receptors with which they interact

Last Updated September 13, 2013