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How are cellular behaviors coordinated by just a handful of signal transduction pathways to construct something as complex as a human being? The Wilson lab focuses on engineering precise control over these pathways to understand their design principles and direct cell behaviors. Our lab's main technology is cellular optogenetics, which harnesses a natural cell process of light activation to learn about the complex spatial and temporal organization of a cell. By harnessing naturally evolved photo-switchable molecules from plants and algae and combining these optogenetic proteins and proteins of interest in cellular pathways, we can obtain precise control with the flick of a switch.

We value a highly interdisciplinary approach to research. Thus we aim to recruit and train outstanding scientists from diverse fields – biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, signal processing, synthetic biology, engineering, physics, chemistry.