Molecular architecture and function of the microtubule cytoskeleton
Sabine Petry
Sabine Petry, Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Office
415 Schultz Laboratory
Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08544
(609) 258-1553
(609)-258-1035 (Fax)

Areas of Research
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cancer, Cell Biology, Structural Biology

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Lab
401 Schultz Laboratory
Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08544
(609) 258-3001

Education
Diplome (M.S.), Biochemistry
Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ph.D. Biochemistry
University of Cambridge, UK
Sabine Petry
Sabine Petry, Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Office
415 Schultz Laboratory
Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08544
(609) 258-1553
(609)-258-1035 (Fax)

Areas of Research
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cancer, Cell Biology, Structural Biology

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Curriculum Vitae

Lab
401 Schultz Laboratory
Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08544
(609) 258-3001

Education
Diplome (M.S.), Biochemistry
Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ph.D. Biochemistry
University of Cambridge, UK

Biography

Sabine Petry, Ph.D is originally from Germany and studied Biochemistry at the Goethe University and the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, where she became interested in structural biology. Sabine performed her thesis research with Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (UK). She was involved in solving the first crystal structure of a classical translation factor bound to the entire ribosome, work that helped increase our knowledge of how translation factors drive protein synthesis in the ribosome.

Sabine joined Ron Vale's lab at UCSF as a postdoctoral HHMI Fellow of the Life Science Research Foundation, where she pursued the study of a less understood and larger molecular entity, the mitotic spindle. Her research focused on understanding how microtubule nucleation is regulated in the mitotic spindle, which is poorly understood. It led to the discovery of a new microtubule nucleation mechanism, in which microtubules arise by nucleation from existing microtubules. Microtubule branching helps explain many unresolved aspects of how the mitotic spindle is assembled, and raises new questions about its role in building the microtubule cytoskeleton of the cell.

The Petry Lab combines high-resolution microscopy methods along with structural studies to study how the microtubule cytoskeleton builds cellular structures. Sabine recently received the prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Award and the Kimmel Scholar Award for Cancer Research.