Gary Ruvkun, Ph.D.

Gary Ruvkun, Ph.D.
Gary Ruvkun, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Simches CPZN7806
185 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-5959

 The Ruvkun lab uses C. elegans molecular genetics and genomics to study miRNA and RNAi pathways. We also use genome-wide RNAi analysis to study various biological process in C. elegans including molting, insulin signaling, fat deposition, and longevity. Finally we are developing protocols and instruments that use PCR primers corresponding to universal sequence elements to search for diverse microbes from extreme environments. One long term goal of this project is to send a robotic thermal cycler with these primers to Mars in search of microbial life that is ancestrally related to life on Earth.