The Cerione lab would like to congratulate Yang Gao, a PhD Candidate in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology field, as his recent publication in The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) was chosen as an “Editor's Pick.” The editors at JBC annually select papers that are within the top 2% of articles in terms of their significance and impact. In his paper, Yang describes the isolation and structural characterization of the G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) Rhodopsin in complex with its heterotrimeric G-protein signaling partner, transducin, to better understand how GPCRs catalyze G-protein activation and signaling. It was stated in an editorial “JBC Highlight" from Dr. Carmen Dessauer (U. Texas at Houston), that the work done by Gao et. al., "...likely represents a close approximation of the GPCR–G protein activation complex formed in its native lipid environment," a feat that has been difficult to accomplish and one that has significant importance, as this GPCR is responsible for why humans and other vertebrates can see.
On what seemed to be a gloomy day for Cornell, in Ithaca New York, the Cerione Lab decided to take fate into its own hands to bring the eclipse to the community. Spearheaded by William (Bill) Katt, who had prepared for this event months in advance, brought his sun-friendly telescope and glasses for all the enjoy.
Photos by: Julio C. Sanchez
Yun Ha currently studies the effects of stem cell derived extra-cellular vesicles on differentiated cells.
With the advent of the internet in the late 70s, it wasn't a question of whether the lab would adopt the crazy environment, but rather, when. Fastforward to the 21st century, the Cerione lab has felt the time is here to represent its long lived efforts in biology to be shown to the world. Now, in a seemingly rare opportunity, you can peer into the exciting life of the Cerione Lab.