Research Symposium - Roberto Weigert

Location:  School of Dentistry Building • #13-041 CHS

Date & Time:  Wed, Feb 11, 2015, 12:00 pm - Wed, Feb 11, 2015, 1:00 pm

Event Host:  Dr. David Wong

Event Presenter:  Roberto Weigert, PhD, NIDCR

Join the Office of Research and the UCLA School of Dentistry for a Research Syposium on the topic of “Unraveling the Coordination among Membrane Trafficking, Cytoskeleton, and Cell Metabolism in Live Animals by Using Intravital Microscopy."

Intravital microscopy is a very powerful tool that enables imaging biological process in live animals under physiological conditions. By using this approach we have investigated the mechanisms controlling membrane remodeling during regulated exocytosis in live rodents at a molecular level.  Our findings reveal that the coordination among  actin cytoskeleton, cell signaling, and mitochondrial metabolism play a fundamental role in regulating the dynamics and the fate of secretory vesicles in vivo.

About the SpeakerRoberto Weigert

Dr. Roberto Weigert got his B.Sc. in chemistry in 1992 at the University of Catania (Italy). He joined the Department of Cell Biology at the Mario Negri Institute (Dr. Alberto Luini), where he studied the mechanism of formation of transport intermediates from the Golgi apparatus. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Open University of London and in 2001 joined the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH as a research fellow in the Laboratory of Cell Biology (Dr. Julie Donaldson). During his fellowship, Dr. Weigert studied the machinery regulating clathrin-independent endocytic pathways.

In 2006, he joined the NIDCR as chief of the Intracellular Membrane Trafficking Unit, where he has developed novel approaches based on intravital microscopy to study various aspects of membrane trafficking in live animals.