Kevin T. Vaughan, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a Laura and Arthur Colwin Fellowship to conduct research this summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an internationally renowned biomedical and environmental research center onCape Cod.
TheColwin fellowships support summer research in the fields of cell biology and developmental biology, and will enable Vaughan to live and work at the MBL, a place known for its collaborative environment, availability of fresh marine specimens for study, and cutting-edge equipment. He will join some of the worlds leading cell biologists, physiologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, neurobiologists, developmental biologists, and ecologists, who convene at the MBL each summer.
Vaughans research is focused on how cells move, organize and compartmentalize internal structures, such as organelles and chromosomes (DNA). Normally, this intracellular transport is fast, efficient, and tightly regulated, but defects in the system are thought to contribute to certain diseases, including cancer.
Vaughanjoined the Notre Dame faculty in 1998.
Founded in 1888, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in theWestern Hemisphere.