Zemer

Zemer Gitai, Ph.D.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES,
DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
 
Office
355 Lewis Thomas Lab
Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08544
(609) 258-9420
 
Lab
355 Lewis Thomas Lab
(609) 258-9420
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Education
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
 
Areas of Research
Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Development, Genetics, Microbiology & Virology

Zemer

Zemer Gitai, Ph.D.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES,
DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
 
Office
355 Lewis Thomas Lab
Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08544
(609) 258-9420
 
Lab
355 Lewis Thomas Lab
(609) 258-9420
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Education
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
 
Areas of Research
Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Development, Genetics, Microbiology & Virology

Biography

Zemer Gitai is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.  He graduated with a bachelor's degree from MIT in 1996.  After completing his graduate studies at UCSF in 2002, Dr. Gitai became a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Lucy Shapiro at Stanford University where he pioneered the study of the MreB actin-like cytoskeleton in Caulobacter crescentus.  Dr. Gitai joined the faculty of Princeton University as an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012.  He is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Molecular Biology.

Dr. Gitai's research focuses on the cell biology of bacteria.  His lab studies how cells self-organize across spatial scales, using quantitative, molecular, and engineering approaches to understand to understand problems such as cell shape formation, cytoskeletal function, metabolic organization, and community structure.  Dr. Gitai has published over 40 original articles in leading journals, including Cell, Molecular Cell, Nature Cell Biology, and PNAS.  His work discovered new components of the bacterial cytoskeleton, new functions for bacterial polymers in metabolism, compartmentalization, and chromosome dynamics, and established the importance of protein assembly for unexpected processes like metabolism and pathogenesis.  Dr. Gitai's achievements have been recognized by many prestigious awards, including the NIH New Innovator Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, and the HFSP Young Investigator Award.