Dr. Vitold Galkin joins the Department of Physiological Sciences
Story Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:15:00 EDT
Dr. Vitold Galkin joined the Department of Physiological Sciences on July 1. Dr. Galkin received a PhD in biochemistry from Russian Academy of Scenes in St. Petersburg and comes to EVMS from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia where he was a research assistant professor. He has published more than 30 publications during the past 10 years in high profile journals including Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His laboratory utilizes three dimensional electron microscopy to determine high resolution structures of large macromolecular complexes such as actin and septins that cannot be determined by more traditional methods such as crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. His structural studies of actin have enormous significance in many aspects of human health, from cell motility in metastasis, to muscle contraction and rearrangements of the actin cytoskeleton during bacterial pathogenesis. At EVMS Dr. Galkins research will concentrate on the molecular mechanisms of polymerization of septin proteins which play essential roles in cell division and cellular morphogenesis and are implicated in many human diseases including cancer and neuropathies.