Gregory Emery, Ph.D.
- Principal Investigator, Vesicular Trafficking and Cell Signalling research unit, IRIC
- Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Research topic and relevance
Gregory Emery and his team study how vesicular trafficking regulates cell signalling during development. They have a particular interest in the role of vesicular trafficking in asymmetric cell division and cell migration. Asymmetric cell division is a fundamental process to generate cell diversity and is used by certain stem cells to self-renew. Cell migration allows a cell to change position in a tissue and is an important aspect of many normal processes but is also one of the most important characteristics of malignant cells and is involved in metastasis formation. Their approach combines genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, in vivo time-lapse imaging and high-resolution microscopy. They use the fruitfly (Drosophila melanogaster) as a model system since it allows direct visualisation of the key features of these cellular events.