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Professor Carolyn Moores

Professor of Structural Biology

Contact details

tel: 020 7631 6858
fax: 020 7631 6803


About Professor Carolyn Moores


Research interests

The microtubule cytoskeleton is essential for many cellular processes including cell division, motility, definition of cell architecture and differentiation. Our research is focused on understanding microtubule organisation and dynamics, and how these are harnessed for the life and health of the cell. Microtubule regulation and organization by a plethora of proteins is adapted to different functional contexts. We use a combination of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology by cryo-electron microscopy to elucidate the mechanisms by which kinesin motors and microtubule associated proteins interact with and regulate microtubules.

News story on Professor Moores' research: Birkbeck research project will provide new insight into the 'building blocks' of our brains [November 2017]

Professor Moores gave her inaugural lecture on June 1 2015: Microtubules and Microscopes: exploring the cytoskeleton [Birkbeck event blog]

Recent publications

Nucleotide– and Mal3-dependent changes in fission yeast microtubules suggest a structural plasticity view of dynamics

von Loeffelholz O, Venables NA, Drummond DR, Katsuki M, Cross R, Moores CA* (2017) Nat Commun 8, 2110

Structural basis of human kinesin-8 function and inhibition.

Locke J, Joseph AP, Pena A, Mockel MM, Mayer TU, Moores CA* (2017) PNAS 114, E9539-48

A structural model for microtubule minus-end recognition and protection by CAMSAP proteins.

Atherton J, Jiang K, Stangier MM, Luo Y, Hua S, Houben K, van Hooff JJE, Joseph AP, Scarabelli G, Grant BJ, Roberts AJ, Topf M, Steinmetz MO, Baldus M, Moores CA*, Akhmanova A* (2017) NSMB 24, 931-43