Protein crystals of the protein, Nup58, a key structural component of the nuclear pore complex. The protein is recombinantly expressed in E. coli, purified, and concentrated to 15mg/ml using the gene from Rattus norvegicus. Photo courtesy of James Partridge.

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Course # Course Title Term
7.012 Introduction to Biology Fall 2004
7.013 Introductory Biology Spring 2006
7.014 Introductory Biology Spring 2005
7.02 Experimental Biology & Communication Spring 2005
7.02CI Experimental Biology - Communications Intensive Spring 2005
7.03 Genetics Fall 2004
7.06 Cell Biology Spring 2007
7.08J Biological Chemistry II Spring 2004
7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics Fall 2008
7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics Fall 2003
7.16 Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology II Spring 2005
7.18 Topics in Experimental Biology Fall 2005
7.22 Developmental Biology Fall 2005
7.24J Protein Folding Problem Fall 2007
7.27 Principles of Human Disease Spring 2006
7.28 Molecular Biology Spring 2005
7.29J Cellular Neurobiology Spring 2005
7.30J Ecology I: The Earth System Fall 2009
7.340 Regenerative Medicine: from Bench to Bedside Spring 2010
7.340 Learning and Memory: Activity-Controlled Gene Expression in the Nervous System Fall 2009
7.340 Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune Defenses Spring 2007
7.340 Avoiding Genomic Instability: DNA Replication, the Cell Cycle, and Cancer Fall 2006
7.340 Nano-life: An Introduction to Virus Structure and Assembly Fall 2005
7.340 Immune Evasion: How Sneaky Pathogens Avoid Host Surveillance Spring 2004
7.340 Ubiquitination: The Proteasome and Human Disease Fall 2004
7.341 Bench to Bedside: Molecularly Targeted Therapies in Blood Disorders and Malignancy Fall 2009
7.341 The DNA Damage Response as a Target for Anti-Cancer Therapy Fall 2008
7.341 Brightening up Life: Harnessing the Power of Fluorescence Imaging to Observe Biology in Action Fall 2006
7.342 Powerhouse Rules: The Role of Mitochondria in Human Diseases Spring 2011
7.342 Systems and Synthetic Biology: How the Cell Solves Problems Fall 2010
7.342 The X in Sex: A Genetic, Medical, and Evolutionary View of the X Chromosome Fall 2009
7.342 Developmental and Molecular Biology of Regeneration Spring 2008
7.342 Systems Biology: Stochastic Processes and Biological Robustness Fall 2008
7.342 G-Protein Coupled Receptors: Vision and Disease Spring 2007
7.342 Chronic Infection and Inflammation: What are the Consequences on Your Health? Fall 2007
7.342 Reading the Blueprint of Life: Transcription, Stem Cells and Differentiation Fall 2006
7.342 Cancer Biology: From Basic Research to the Clinic Fall 2004
7.343 When Development Goes Awry: How Cancer Co-opts Mechanisms of Embryogensis Fall 2009
7.343 Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple Microorganisms Spring 2008
7.343 Neuron-glial Cell Interactions in Biology and Disease Spring 2007
7.343 The Radical Consequences of Respiration: Reactive Oxygen Species in Aging and Disease Fall 2007
7.343 Photosynthesis: Life from Light Fall 2006
7.343 A Love-Hate Relationship: Cholesterol in Health and Disease Fall 2005
7.343 Protein Folding, Misfolding and Human Disease Fall 2004
7.344 Tumor Suppressor Gene p53: How the Guardian of our Genome Prevents Cancer Fall 2010
7.344 Directed Evolution: Engineering Biocatalysts Spring 2008
7.344 Antibiotics, Toxins, and Protein Engineering Spring 2007
7.344 The Fountain of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem Cells Fall 2007
7.344 RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics Fall 2004
7.345 Survival in Extreme Conditions: The Bacterial Stress Response Fall 2010
7.345 Vascular Development in Life, Disease and Cancer Medicine Fall 2009
7.345 Evolution of the Immune System Spring 2005
7.346 RNAi: A Revolution in Biology and Therapeutics Spring 2010
7.346 Synaptic Plasticity and Memory, from Molecules to Behavior Fall 2007
7.349 Stem Cells: A Cure or Disease? Spring 2011
7.349 From Molecules to Behavior: Synaptic Neurophysiology Spring 2010
7.349 Biological Computing: At the Crossroads of Engineering and Science Spring 2005
7.36J Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology Spring 2004
7.38J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J) Spring 2006
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching Spring 2006
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching Fall 2005
7.58 Molecular Biology Spring 2005
7.60 Cell Biology: Structure and Functions of the Nucleus Spring 2010
7.66J Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics Spring 2001
7.69J Developmental Neurobiology Spring 2005
7.72 Developmental Biology Fall 2005
7.88J Protein Folding Problem Fall 2007
7.91J Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology Spring 2004
7.931 Concept-Centered Teaching Spring 2006
7.931 Concept-Centered Teaching Fall 2005
7.98J Neural Plasticity in Learning and Development Spring 2002
7.A12 Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic Acids Fall 2005
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