Center for Autophagy Research – Faculty
Beth Levine, M.D. • Lab Website • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Levine Lab studies the molecular regulation of autophagy, and the roles of Beclin 1 and other autophagy proteins in diverse aspects of physiology and disease.
Qing Zhong, M.D. Ph.D. • Lab Website • email@example.com
The Zhong Lab studies the biochemical mechanism of mammalian autophagy, including PI3P production, membrane curvature sensing, cargo recruitment, and membrane tethering/fusion.
Haydn Ball, Ph.D. • Lab Website • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ball Protein Chemistry Technology Center provides advanced peptide synthesis, MALDI mass spectrometry, and Edman sequencing services, for a fee or through a collaborative arrangement.
Yongjie Wei, Ph.D • email@example.com
Autophagy and cancer biology
Autophagy and Cell death regulation
Xiaonan Dong, Ph.D • firstname.lastname@example.org
We study how autophagy is activated during viral infection (i.e. Virophagy) and how virophagy functions to restrict the replication of some viruses. We utilize an image-based genome-wide siRNA screen approach and genetic and biochemical approaches to identify and characterize host virophagy factors. Unraveling the molecular mechanisms of virology will enhance our understanding of the interplay between host and viruses, as well as potentially identify additional targets that can be used to therapeutically modulate autophagy in the treatment of viral diseases.
Rhea Sumpter Jr., M.D., Ph.D. • email@example.com
The Sumpter Lab is focused on investigating selective autophagy as a novel pathway of host innate immunity. We are exploring the role of newly identified selective autophagy factors in host defense against viruses, in the removal of damaged mitochondria, and in the regulation of proinflammatory cytokine production.
Xi Ma, Ph.D. • Xi.Ma@UTSouthwestern.edu
Biochemical mechanism of mammalian autophagy and nutritional modulation
Intestinal barrier and immunology
Silvia Vega-Rubin de Celis, Ph.D. • firstname.lastname@example.org
My research focus is on understanding the molecular mechanisms of autophagy and their implications in cancer. Understanding the autophagy pathways involved in this disease will hopefully allow us to find new treatment options for patients.