Lights On the Endocannabinoid System: Catching Cellular Membranes in Action

For the pancreas to be healthy and operational, its individual cells need to communicate effectively with one another and synchronize their activities. Aurélien Laguerre, Ph.D., is looking at how endocannabinoid lipids participate in this synchronization. Manipulating these lipid molecules in living cells is fundamental to understand how they work, but their metabolism is so dynamic that this has been difficult to track in real time. Aurélien, a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Carsten Schultz, Ph.D., is developing new light-responsive lipid tools that are making it possible to reveal these ultra-fast processes. Read more