Scholar Profile

Alan D. Bender

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Voice: 812-333-2851
Email: abender@indiana.edu
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1992 Searle Scholar

Research Interests

Rho-type GTPases

Rho-type GTPases control the spatial organization of cytoskeletal and signaling proteins in eukaryotic cells. Our lab is using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate the following questions concerning Rho-type GTPases:

  • What are their targets and regulators?
  • How do they choose among different potential targets in different situations?
  • How are they activated and localized to the appropriate places at the correct times in the cell cycle?
  • How are the actions of different Rho-type GTPases coupled?


The tools that we use to address these questions are biochemistry, molecular biology, microscopy, genetics, and two-hybrid analysis.