About Us

Arabidopsis_plant-sm_4The Oppenheimer lab focuses on understanding how the assembly and disassembly of the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons are regulated. Cytoskeleton dynamics underlie many fundamental cellular processes such as control of cell shape, cell movement, and membrane trafficking. We use a multidisciplinary approach to this problem by employing methods and strategies from biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology. We use the reference plant, Arabidopsis thaliana (mouse ear cress), for our research because it is highly amenable to molecular methods.