Alliegro Lab

Mark C. Alliegro
Senior Scientist
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Atlantic surf clam, Spisula solidissima

Dr. Mark Alliegro is a cell biologist with a background in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is interested in the genesis of the cell division center (the centrosome in animal cells and its functional equivalents in others), both in the living cell and from an evolutionary standpoint. Biogenesis of the cell division center is of clear biomedical importance because it regulates the timing of the cell cycle as well as progression through the steps of normal chromosome segregation. At the same time, understanding the composition and dynamics of the centrosome will help us to understand evolutionary relationships

between the prokaryotic and eukaryotic worlds. Dr. Alliegro’s laboratory is credited with demonstrating the presence of nucleic acids in centrosomes, a long- and hotly-debated issue.

DIC with captionTo study the physiology and evolution of the centrosome, the Alliegro lab has   developed a unique set of probes and approaches concentrating on the role of ribonucleoprotein complexes. These tools have already shown us that elements of the centrosome arederived from an enigmatic nuclear compartment known as the nucleolinus. High throughput sequencing and analysis of unique libraries of centrosome- and nucleolinar associated RNAs will enable the lab to evaluate the biological function and evolutionary relationships of these molecules.

Fluorescent with captionOutreach  

 Articles and Press Releases:

Science Daily
Nature Commentary
Scientific American
London Telegraph
Biotechniques EUREKA



Mary Anne Alliegro
Research Assistant III
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Michael Chapman
Visiting Scientist
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