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Albert Tsai, PhD

Dr. Tsai is studying a process called translation, by which messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are decoded into proteins. A hallmark of cancer cells is distorted patterns of protein production, leading to uncontrolled growth and invasive behavior. He is using novel microscope technology to image live cells in real-time and developing techniques to image individual protein molecules during their synthesis, thereby linking the time, location and amount of protein production to individual mRNAs.

Project title: "Single-molecule imaging of transcription factors binding dynamics in Drosophila embryos"
Institution: HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Robert H. Singer, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Biophysics