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Trial by Cellular Culture: Baskin Research Award Winner Wenzhe Li Walks with Motor Proteins

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Baskin Research Award Winner Wenzhe Li stands with Assistant Professor Richard McKenney, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Li and McKenney investigate the molecular motor cytoplasmic dynein. David Slipher/UC Davis

By Greg Watry, College of Biological Sciences

'Dynein is like the U.S. Postal Service of our cell, but it works a lot better,' said Li, who conducts research in the lab of Assistant Professor Richard McKenney, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. 'It works a lot, lot better.'

'Cytoplasmic dynein is a ubiquitous and very complicated molecular motor protein required for a large variety of intracellular movement,' said McKenney. 'Defects in dynein motility cause disease of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration, so a fundamental understanding of how dynein motors work is of high interest for human health.'"

Read the full story at the College of Biological Sciences website.

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