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Mary Munson, PhD

Research Focus - Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms that Control Vesicle Membrane Trafficking

  • Understanding the function of regulatory proteins and complexes that provide spatial and temporal control of membrane fusion in exocytosis and endocytosis
  • Dissecting the function of exocytosis regulators in cell growth and division, and intercellular signaling 
  • Uncovering critical insights into connections between regulators of the endocytic pathway with autophagy, apoptosis and neutrophil disorders 
  • Exploring how upregulation or dysfunction of these regulatory factors contributes to cancer cell growth, metastasis and invasion

Representative Publication

Lepore DM, Martínez-Núñez L, Munson M. Exposing the elusive exocyst structure. Trends Biochem Sci. 2018;43(9):714-725.

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  • Mary Munson named assistant vice provost of health equity at UMass Chan
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    Mary Munson named assistant vice provost of health equity at UMass Chan

    In her new role, Mary Munson, PhD, will serve as a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Mary Munson elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology
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    Mary Munson elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

    Mary Munson, PhD, is one of 22 scientists named a fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology for 2022.

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