UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

TORRES LAB


Welcome to the Torres Lab

The lab investigates mitotic spindle formation during cell division and its misregulation in human diseases, especially cancer. The lab's major focus is to understand how multiple mechanisms and enzymatic activities coordinate the formation of the mitotic microtubule spindle during cell division.  We are interested in identifying and characterizing novel proteins that are required for proper mitotic spindle assembly.  We use human cell lines and in vitro systems along with a combination of approaches, including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Microscopy to determine the mechanism of action of these proteins.

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