Scholar Profile

Scott D. Emr

Director and Professor
Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology &
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University
441 Weill Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7202
Voice: 607-255-0816
Personal Homepage
1984 Searle Scholar
Former Member of Advisory Board (2003)

Research Interests

Dr. Emr's research focuses on the regulation of cell signaling and membrane trafficking pathways by phosphoinositide lipids, ubiquitin modifications and vesicle-mediated transport reactions. The Emr lab discovered the essential role for phosphoinositide lipid kinases in theregulation of membrane trafficking pathways. These essential enzymes regulate cell growth, cell shape and cell size. They function to ensure the temporal and spatial specificity of vesicle-mediated transport reactions throughout the cell. Dr. Emr’s lab identified the first components (the ESCRT complexes) of a molecular machine required for receptor down-regulation, the budding and release of the HIV virus and for a late step in cytokinesis.