The Goodenough/Ferris lab at Washington University in St. Louis has just
beeen awarded a 4-year NIH grant to study the sexual agglutinins of C.
reinhardtii, and we are seeking a postdoctoral or sabbatical-leave fellow
who is interested in working with us on this project. The grant proposes
to generate GFP-tagged agglutinins (we have recently sequenced the minus
agglutinin gene) and to follow their dynamics with real-time confocal
microscopy, asking in particular whether they utilize the same
intraflagellar transport (IFT) system as do axonemal components or whether
they move up and down the flagellum by some independent system. The
results promise to be directly relevant to the generation of primary and
sensory cilia in metazoa. If you are interested in other facets of
Chlamy sexual recognition and would like to propose an alternative
project to us, we'd be happy to hear it as well, but first priority
obviously has to go to the funded approach. Please contact us at
ursula at biosgi.wustl.edu or ferris at wustlb.wustl.edu.