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Dr. Rosen is the Chair of the Department of Biophysics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Dr. Rosen received undergraduate degrees in chemistry and in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1987.  He then spent a year in Alan Battersby’s lab in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge as a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholar.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1993 under the direction of Stuart Schreiber, where he studied the structure and function of the FK506 binding protein, FKBP12.  He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell post-doctoral fellow in the laboratories of Tony Pawson and Lewis Kay at the University of Toronto, where he studied regulation of the signaling adaptor protein, Crk, and developed methods of selective methyl group labeling of proteins for NMR spectroscopy.  Dr. Rosen started his independent laboratory in 1996 in the Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and moved to UTSW in 2001. 

The Rosen lab seeks to understand the formation, regulation and functions of enigmatic, cellular compartments termed biomolecular condensates.  These evolutionarily conserved structures concentrate diverse but specific groups of molecules without a surrounding membrane.  Condensates appear to form through the physical process of liquid-liquid phase separation.  Using a range of techniques, including biochemical reconstitution and in vitro and cellular microsopies, we investigate phase separation in both engineered and natural condensates.  The former, in their simplified nature, enable precise isolation of key molecular parameters governing condensate behaviors, revealing general principles. The latter allow demonstration of these principles in more complex natural biochemical and cellular systems.  Ultimately, we seek to understand cell organization on scales spanning nanometers to microns.

The Rosen lab website can be found at:  www.utsouthwestern.edu/labs/rosen/

 

Education

Undergraduate
University of Michigan-Ann Arb (1987), Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate
University of Michigan-Ann Arb (1987), Chemistry
Graduate School
Harvard University (1993), Organic Chemistry

Research Interest

  • biochemistry
  • Biological phase separation
  • cell biology of the actin cytoskeleton
  • polymer physics/chemistry
  • structural biology

Publications

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ATP controls the crowd.
Rice AM, Rosen MK Science 2017 May 356 6339 701-702
Reconstitution of TCR Signaling Using Supported Lipid Bilayers.
Su X, Ditlev JA, Rosen MK, Vale RD Methods Mol. Biol. 2017 1584 65-76
Actin is an evolutionarily-conserved damage-associated molecular pattern that signals tissue injury in Drosophila melanogaster.
Srinivasan N, Gordon O, Ahrens S, Franz A, Deddouche S, Chakravarty P, Phillips D, Yunus AA, Rosen MK, Valente RS, Teixeira L, Thompson B, Dionne MS, Wood W, Reis E Sousa C Elife 2016 Nov 5
Structural and mechanistic insights into regulation of the retromer coat by TBC1d5.
Jia D, Zhang JS, Li F, Wang J, Deng Z, White MA, Osborne DG, Phillips-Krawczak C, Gomez TS, Li H, Singla A, Burstein E, Billadeau DD, Rosen MK Nat Commun 2016 Nov 7 13305
Correction: Fat2 acts through the WAVE regulatory complex to drive collective cell migration during tissue rotation.
Squarr AJ, Brinkmann K, Chen B, Steinbacher T, Ebnet K, Rosen MK, Bogdan S J. Cell Biol. 2016 Mar 212 7 883
Fat2 acts through the WAVE regulatory complex to drive collective cell migration during tissue rotation.
Squarr AJ, Brinkmann K, Chen B, Steinbacher T, Ebnet K, Rosen MK, Bogdan S J. Cell Biol. 2016 Feb 212 5 591-603
Erratum to: Methyl labeling and TROSY NMR spectroscopy of proteins expressed in the eukaryote Pichia pastoris.
Clark L, Zahm JA, Ali R, Kukula M, Bian L, Patrie SM, Gardner KH, Rosen MK, Rosenbaum DM J. Biomol. NMR 2016 Feb
Data publication with the structural biology data grid supports live analysis.
Meyer PA, Socias S, Key J, Ransey E, Tjon EC, Buschiazzo A, Lei M, Botka C, Withrow J, Neau D, Rajashankar K, Anderson KS, Baxter RH, Blacklow SC, Boggon TJ, Bonvin AM, Borek D, Brett TJ, Caflisch A, Chang CI, Chazin WJ, Corbett KD, Cosgrove MS, Crosson S, Dhe-Paganon S, Di Cera E, Drennan CL, Eck MJ, Eichman BF, Fan QR, Ferré-D'Amaré AR, Christopher Fromme J, Garcia KC, Gaudet R, Gong P, Harrison SC, Heldwein EE, Jia Z, Keenan RJ, Kruse AC, Kvansakul M, McLellan JS, Modis Y, Nam Y, Otwinowski Z, Pai EF, Pereira PJ, Petosa C, Raman CS, Rapoport TA, Roll-Mecak A, Rosen MK, Rudenko G, Schlessinger J, Schwartz TU, Shamoo Y, Sondermann H, Tao YJ, Tolia NH, Tsodikov OV, Westover KD, Wu H, Foster I, Fraser JS, Maia FR, Gonen T, Kirchhausen T, Diederichs K, Crosas M, Sliz P Nat Commun 2016 7 10882
Conserved interdomain linker promotes phase separation of the multivalent adaptor protein Nck.
Banjade S, Wu Q, Mittal A, Peeples WB, Pappu RV, Rosen MK Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2015 Nov
Methyl labeling and TROSY NMR spectroscopy of proteins expressed in the eukaryote Pichia pastoris.
Clark L, Zahm JA, Ali R, Kukula M, Bian L, Patrie SM, Gardner KH, Rosen MK, Rosenbaum DM J. Biomol. NMR 2015 May

Honors & Awards

  • Allen Distinguished Investigator, a program funded through The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group
    (2018-2021)
  • Emil Kaiser Award, Protein Society
    (2018)
  • Mar Nell and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry
    (2009)
  • Carolyn R. Bacon Professorship in Medical Science and Education
    (2006)
  • Edith & Peter O’Donnell Award from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science
    (2006)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    (2005)
  • Boyer Award, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    (2001)
  • Sidney Kimmel Scholar Award
    (1998)
  • Beckman Young Investigator
    (1997)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
    (1997)
  • Winston Churchill Scholar
    (1987)