Welcome to the DABIR LAB in the Department of Biology at Loyola Marymount University, LA. We are a diverse group of scientists that study the important process of mitochondrial biogenesis. A basic question in cell biology is the mechanism by which a given protein reaches its correct location within the cell. Considering that the mitochondrion is the “powerhouse” of the cell, this protein transport process becomes even more relevant to this double-membraned organelle. In addition, the mitochondria are vital to many cellular regulatory processes such as apoptosis, heme synthesis, and for free radical detoxification. Using biochemical and cell biologic approaches, we seek to comprehensively understand the mechanism of protein import into mitochondria and determining the process by which defects in mitochondrial protein translocation lead to disease.
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The Biology Department at Loyola Marymount University, LA is committed to introducing students to the excitement of science, promoting collaborative and interdisciplinary learning and preparing students for their chosen career goals. We believe that students' participation in scientific research, both in the field and in the laboratory, and including subsequent data analysis and presentation of the results at conferences, can be a valuable part of an undergraduate education.