Jacek Gaertig

Creative Research Medal 2006

Jacek Gaertig, Associate Professor of Cellular Biology, studies microtubules, structures found in all cells that – among other things – regulate cell shape and movement. Gaertig and his college Bernard Edde identified a group of enzymes that make structural marks on the surfaces of microtubules that can function as a code that tells different proteins where to bind to microtubules and where to go once they have done this. This enables microtubules to perform a vast array of functions without modifying their basic underlying structure.