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Structural Models for the Transcription Preinitiation Complex (PIC)

Cryo-EM reconstruction of purified yeast PIC with available crystal structures docked from Murikami, Kornberg and colleagues.
Murikami et al. Science DOI:10.1126/science 1238724 (2013)

Negative stain reconstruction of step-wise assembled humen PIC with available crystal structures docked from He, Nogales and colleagues
He et al. Nature 495, 481-486 (2013)

Cryo-EM reconstruction of partial human PIC (lacking TFIIH) with available crystal structures docked from He, Nogales and colleagues.
He et al. Nature 495, 481-486 (2013)

Microtubules - Structure, Function and Dynamics

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Recent publications

Raymond Staals, Yifan Zhu, David Taylor et al. <a href=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276514007898> RNA Targeting by the Type III-A CRISPR-Cas Csm Complex of Thermus thermophilus.</a> <i>Mol Cell</i> <b>56</b>, 518-539 Greg Alushin et al. <a href=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24855948> High-Resolution Microtubule Structures Reveal the Structural Transitions in αβ-Tubulin upon GTP Hydrolysis</a><i>Cell</i>, 157(5)1117-29. Megan Hochstrasser, David Taylor et al. <a href=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24748111> CasA mediates Cas3-catalyzed target degradation during CRISPR RNA-guided interference.</a><i>Proc Natl Acad Sci</i>, Epub ahead of print Martin Jinek et al. <a href=http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/02/05/science.1247997> Structures of Cas9 Endonucleases Reveal RNA-Mediated Conformational Activation</a><i>Science</i>, Epub ahead of print Bleichert et al. <a href=http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/2/e00882> A Meier-Gorlin syndrome mutation in a conserved C-terminal helix of Orc6 impedes origin recognition complex formation</a><i>eLife</i>, 2:e00882, Oct 8 2013 Epub

Thesis award

David Taylor received the Mary Ellen Jones Dissertation Prize, which is awarded annually to recognize the most distinguished dissertation in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University.

Forbes: 30 Under 30 Issue

Alumni Greg Alushin (class of 2012, Biophysics Graduate Program) is one of the 30 under 30 selected by the magazine Forbes in the category of Science and Healthcare.