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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.


Dr Tom Reh receives a National Eye Institute Audacious Goals grant
Grant Award

Research to prevent vision loss from glaucoma will be aided by a project funded through a major National Eye Institute effort in regenerative medicine. The lab of Tom Reh, professor of biological structure at the UW School of Medicine, will join with scientists at other institutions to look at a possible cell-replacement approach to correcting degeneration of the optic nerve. Read the entire UW Medicine newsroom article here https://newsroom.uw.edu/news/new-research-models-may-lead-vision-loss-tr...


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