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John Sondek, PhD

Professor Director, Structural Biology Center

Ph.D., Biochemistry
Johns Hopkins University,Baltimore, MD

Research Interests

  • Rho GTPases
  • Dbl-family RhoGEFs
  • Phospholipase C isozymes
  • Drug discovery

Research Synopsis

Our laboratory studies signal transduction systems controlled by heterotrimeric G proteins as well as Ras-related GTPases. The superfamily of GTPases control numerous signaling cascades based upon the regulated binding, hydrolysis, and exchange of guanine nucleotides; GTPases bound to GTP are active in downstream signaling while those bound to GDP are inactive. Mutant GTPases with abnormal GDP/GTP cycling are implicated in numerous human diseases, including cancer. It is our desire to better understand the regulation of heterotrimeric G proteins and Ras-related GTPases at the molecular level with the ultimate goal of using this information to design therapies to correct abnormal signaling mediated by these proteins and thereby treat associated pathologies.


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  • Department of Pharmacology

  • Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

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    919-966-7530 (Office Phone)

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    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7365