mitochondria

Mitochondrial Chitter-Chatter: Unveiling the Molecular Structures of Cellular Respiration

September 03, 2019
In order to generate energy, our bodies transfer electrons from food—sugars, fats and proteins—to molecular oxygen, which allows our cells to respire and function. Performed by the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC), this process creates ATP, the “molecular currency” for energy in the cell. In a Molecular Cell study, Assistant Professor James Letts, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and colleagues reveal further nuances of the ETC.

Cell Biologist Jodi Nunnari Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 03, 2017
Jodi Nunnari has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She studies mitochondria, tiny structures that provide energy to living cells and which are implicated in a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, stroke and inherited conditions.

Jodi Nunnari Receives Coveted International Feodor Lynen Medal

April 07, 2017
The College of Biological Sciences would like to congratulate Jodi Nunnari, professor of molecular and cellular biology and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology for receiving the Feodor Lynen Medal from the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Key to Regulating Cell’s Powerhouse Discovered: Fundamental Discovery Has Implications for Health and Disease

July 14, 2016
Aging, neurodegenerative disorders and metabolic disease are all linked to mitochondria, structures within our cells that generate chemical energy and maintain their own DNA. In a fundamental discovery with far-reaching implications, scientists at the University of California, Davis, now show how cells control DNA synthesis in mitochondria and couple it to mitochondrial division.