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May 2, 2023

Raj Logan to present Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Seminar

Submitted by Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Raj Logan, professor of biological sciences at Wichita State University, will be the featured speaker for this week’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Seminar. Logan will present "Transcriptional regulation of tubulogenic growth coordinates embryonic organ form and function" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in 120 Ackert Hall.

Growth is a fundamental feature of cells. In embryos, growth due to cell proliferation is a defining characteristic of organ formation and is well studied. Growth due to cell volume gain, however, is little understood. Using the Drosophila embryonic salivary gland as a model system for organ formation, Tubulogenesis, this work identifies volumetric cell growth as a major driver of morphogenesis and investigates the transcriptional boosting of ribosomal protein genes as its potential molecular mechanism.