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Gira Bhabha

Gira Bhabha, PhD

Skirball Institute

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

protein dynamics, molecular machines, cellular motility, cryo electron microscopy, structural biology, structure-dynamics-function relationships, motor proteins, lipid trafficking

From atoms to cells to organisms, life is in constant motion. Every cell faces the challenge of transporting molecules from one location to another within the cell, a process that is essential for normal function. Proteins that are responsible for proper transport range from simple globular proteins to large multi-protein complexes. In our lab, we use a hybrid approach to study the structural mechanisms of how macromolecular protein machines are spectacularly coordinated to facilitate transport in normal cells, and what goes wrong when they break.

We are interested in understanding how protein structure, function, and dynamics are coordinated in biological systems. We use structural biology techniques such as cryo-electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography, in combination with biochemistry, functional assays and cell biology, to study complex macromolecular machines in cells.

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540 First Avenue, Skirball Institute

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New York, NY 10016

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Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco

Ekiert, Damian C; Bhabha, Gira; Isom, Georgia L; Greenan, Garrett; Ovchinnikov, Sergey; Henderson, Ian R; Cox, Jeffery S; Vale, Ronald D

Cell. 2017 Apr 06; 169(2):273-285.e17

Architectures of Lipid Transport Systems for the Bacterial Outer Membrane [Meeting Abstract] . Opens in a new tab

Bhabha, Gira; Ekiert, Damian C; Greenan, Garrett; Ovchinnikov, Sergey; Cox, Jeffery; Vale, Ronald D

Biophysical journal. 2017 FEB 3; 112(3):14A-14A

Bhabha, Gira; Johnson, Graham T; Schroeder, Courtney M; Vale, Ronald D

Trends in biochemical sciences. 2016 Jan; 41(1):94-105

Brunette, T J; Parmeggiani, Fabio; Huang, Po-Ssu; Bhabha, Gira; Ekiert, Damian C; Tsutakawa, Susan E; Hura, Greg L; Tainer, John A; Baker, David

Nature. 2015 Dec 24; 528(7583):580-584

Bhabha, Gira; Biel, Justin T; Fraser, James S

Accounts of chemical research. 2015 Feb 17; 48(2):423-430

Bhabha, Gira; Cheng, Hui-Chun; Zhang, Nan; Moeller, Arne; Liao, Maofu; Speir, Jeffrey A; Cheng, Yifan; Vale, Ronald D

Cell. 2014 Nov 06; 159(4):857-868

Liu, Yu; Zhang, Xin; Tan, Yun Lei; Bhabha, Gira; Ekiert, Damian C; Kipnis, Yakov; Bjelic, Sinisa; Baker, David; Kelly, Jeffery W

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2014 Sep 24; 136(38):13102-13105

McKenney, Richard J; Huynh, Walter; Tanenbaum, Marvin E; Bhabha, Gira; Vale, Ronald D

Science. 2014 Jul 18; 345(6194):337-341