Welcome to UW Biological Structure

Neuromast mitochondria


Retinal circuit


A novel retinal cell.



The Department of Biological Structure studies the structure and function of molecules, cells and networks with an emphasis on the nervous system.


New Nature paper from the Xu Lab - Crystal structure of a membrane-bound O-acyltransferase

 This work reports the first 3D structure of the membrane bound O-acyltransferase (MBOAT) superfamily, which includes a number of important drug targets for cancers and metabolic diseases.  This work was predominantly done by Dr. Dan Ma, a Jane Coffin Childs postdoc fellow in Wenqing Xu's lab. Click here to read the article  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0568-2

Dr Anitha Pasupathy received a new NIH grant
Grant Award

It is titled : CRCNS: Joint coding of shape and texture in the primate brain.  This is a US-Japan collaborative grant aiming to discover how object shape and surface texture are encoded in the midlevel stages of the non-human primate brain. Parallel experiments in Japan will study processing in human subjects

Congratulations to Sarah Pickett!

Sarah successfully defended her dissertation "Mitochondria in the llife and death of mechanosensory hair cells" on August 2, 2018.  She did her work in David Raible's lab and is from the Neuroscience department.