Melissa M. Rolls, Ph.D.

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institution
Pennsylvania State University
Address
118 Life Sciences Building
City, State, Zip
University Park, PA 16802
Phone
(814) 933-6432
E-mail
mur22[at]psu.edu
Website
http://bmb.psu.edu/directory/mur22
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2009

Research

The lab works together to understand how neuron structure is established and maintained so that neurons can function properly. Neuronal function requires that these cells are highly polarized and span long distances in the body. This means that intracellular transport is critical for neuronal function and survival, and any defects in transport can manifest as neurodegenerative disease. The two major areas of study in the lab right now are microtubule polarity in neurons and neuronal responses to injury.