We study two motor mechanisms within living cells associated with the plasma membrane, one that impacts the mobility of cancer cells, and one that affects mammalian hearing.
Loss of hearing is a significant non-fatal worldwide disability. Globally, it is ranked as the fourth most common ailment with an incidence of 1.37 billion. In comparison, cancer can be fatal and has an incidence globally of about 0.091 billion with about 8.8 million deaths per year.
Our laboratory participates in the evolving infrastructure for data curation and archiving by promoting good data stewardship and data sharing, including use of ontologies to curate data and deposition of datasets in vetted repositories. This facilitates re-use of our publicly funded data collections.