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Dr. Ambro van Hoof

Dr. Ambro van Hoof

Regular Member

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Medical School
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

The research in my laboratory is directed at understanding post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating gene expression. The main focus within this area is on the degradation of mRNA. mRNA degradation plays several important roles. First, mRNA degradation is an essential part of the normal expression of genes. Second, defective mRNAs are recognized by the cell and rapidly degraded in a process termed mRNA surveillance. Finally, the mRNA degrading machinery plays a poorly characterized role in keeping RNA viruses under control. Since the mRNA degrading machinery appears to be conserved in all eukaryotes, my lab studies these processes in the easily manipulated yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

A tutorial in my laboratory would expose a student to a wide variety of molecular biological, genetic and biochemical techniques. For example, basic cloning, analysis of RNA by Northern blotting, screening for and characterizing yeast mutants, or analysis of proteins and their interactions.


PubMed

SciVal

Medical School Faculty

Program Affiliations:

Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Contact Information

Phone: 713.500.5234

Email: Ambro.Van.Hoof@uth.tmc.edu

Office: MSB 1.212

Title: Associate Professor

Education:

Ph.D. - Michigan State University - 1997