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Cellular Physiology

Welcome to the Arumugam Lab

Our laboratory aims to understand how complex macroscopic properties arise out of molecules and their interactions, regulatory features governing timing precisions, signalling and pattern formation with a primary focus on endosomal trafficking at the level of single cells and in the context of intercellular communications in development.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Development & Stem Cells and Neuroscience Programs, and the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. We are also a member of EMBL Australia.

Dr Senthil Arumugam

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Our research

A living cell is an active dynamic system where all the non-living constituents of a cell organise themselves through a complex set of interactions, integration of physical principles that gives rise to a ‘living’ cell. Within a living single cell, there are millions of interactions going on between tens of thousands of components. One central component of cellular life is vesicular trafficking on the cytoskeleton networks inside the cells. Quite analogous to how a city is organised (with general public transport systems consisting of buses, light rails, and trains, specific highways for long-distance transport, cars, motorbikes etcetera), the inside of the cells have self-assembled, polymerised proteins building up the tracks, membrane vesicles that carry specific cargoes building up the transport carriers, and the motor proteins that generate the force to pull the membrane vesicles to move along the tracks building up the transport system.

Our lab aims to understand the organisational principles of this transport system, as well as understand their role in orchestrating fundamental processes governing multicellular life, such as patterning during development. Our primary focus areas are:

  • Principles of subcellular organization and transport
  • Membrane biophysics
  • Endocytosis and endosomal regulation by alternative splicing

Endosomal trafficking (in a single cell) of a synthetic construct targeted
simultaneously to golgi and plasma membrane.

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