St. Jude on Biology in Space & Time: 5 Discoveries to Explore

St. Jude On Biology in Space & Time

Explore some of the discoveries chronicled in the series St. Jude On Biology in Space & Time.

Stacey Ogden, PhD, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, breaks down 5 Discoveries to Explore about Biology in Space & Time.

Hi, I’m Dr. Stacey Ogden from the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and here are 5 Discoveries to Explore about Biology in Space and Time.

Discovery One

To unravel the complexity of disease biology St. Jude scientists are working with the Center for Spatial Omics, led by Dr. Jasmine Plummer, to study disease states at a single-cell level to better understand the impact of spatial context on biology and disease.

Find out more: Spatial omics takes off.

Discovery Two

Biomolecular condensates are membraneless compartments that cells use to temporarily organize proteins and DNA. At St. Jude Dr. Tanja Mittag is studying how amino acids in proteins influence condensate formation, knowledge that is vital to visualizing the role of condensates in cells.  

Find out more: Condensates: It’s not just a phase.

Discovery Three

One-third of all FDA approved drugs target G-protein-coupled-receptors, or GPCRs, which are signaling molecules on the surface of cells. Drs. Madan Babu and Scott Blanchard are uncovering how the structure, movement and interactions of GPCRs affect their function by combining a single-molecule perspective with data-driven approaches.

Find out more: Illuminating the dynamic landscape of G-protein-coupled receptors.

Discovery Four

When does cancer start? At St. Jude, Dr. Paul Northcott has traced the cellular origins of Group 3 and Group 4 medulloblastoma and Dr. Michael Dyer has shed light on the early development of retinoblastoma because understanding the source of these diseases may lead to new treatments for them.

Find out more: St. Jude scientists answer the question ‘when does cancer start?

Discovery Five

Once cancer starts to spread or metastasize the disease becomes harder to treat. At St. Jude Dr. Myriam Labelle is studying the relationship between metastatic cells and their microenvironment to shed light on what factors cancer cells need to form a metastatic site.

Find out more: Tracing the threads of metastasis to achieve better treatment outcomes.

About the author

Stacey Ogden, PhD, is an associate member in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. View full bio.

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