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Bruce Jeffrey. Schnapp, Ph.D.

Admin Unit: SOM-Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology Department
Phone: 503-494-8994
Fax: 503-494-4253
Office: BSAC 5365
Mail Code: L215
Cell & Developmental Biology
Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences
Research Interests:
cell biology; transport; kinesin; dynein; myosin; zebrafish; melanocytes » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Dr. Schnapp has not indicated availability for preceptor rotations at this time.
Faculty Mentorship
Dr. Schnapp has not indicated availability as a mentor at this time.
Bruce Schnapp is a Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. He earned his B.S. (Biology) in 1972 and his Ph.D. (Neuroscience) in 1976 at the University of Connecticut. After postdoctoral work in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Schnapp joined the intramural program at NIH in 1983, and maintained his lab off campus at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA until 1989. Dr. Schnapp was Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology at Boston University Medical School (1989-1990) before moving his lab to Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School (1991-2001), and then to OHSU in 2001.
Summary of Current Research
The Schnapp lab works in the area of intracellular transport - on molecular motors and how they organize the trafficking of organelles, proteins, and RNAs. The lab employs a broad range of approaches: biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, and genetics.  Our specialty is the development and use of advanced optical and imaging methods for the light microscope.  Right now, we are working on the problem of how organelle motors are regulated.  We are identifying and characterizing organelle transport mutants using the powerful combination of zebrafish genetics and the biophysical analysis of organelle movements. 
Recent Publications
Sheets, L., D.G. Ransom, E.M. Mellgren, S.L. Johnson, and B.J. Schnapp. 2007. Zebrafish melanophilin facilitates melanosome dispersion by regulating dynein. Curr Biol. 17:1721-34.
Non-Academic Interests
Raising daughters, white water kayaking, rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing