Thomas Rutkowski, Ph.D.
Campus address: 1-500 Bowen Science Building
Primary department: Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Interdisciplinary program(s): Human Toxicology
Research description: When a cell encounters stress (i.e., anything that perturbs normal cellular function), how does it decide whether to adapt to the stress or die? We use diverse experimental approaches to address this question, encompassing systems biology, molecular and cell biology, and vertebrate genetics and physiology. By tackling this question, we hope to better understand diseases of stress, including neurodegeneration, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and others, and even normal cellular development and function.