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Welcome to the Martin lab

Mechanisms of cell polarization and cell cycle control

In the Martin lab, we aim to understand fundamental principles of cellular organization. Our current work addresses questions related to:

  • Mechanisms of cell polarization and polarized growth
  • Cytoskeletal organization
  • Coordination of cell growth and division
  • Morphological cell responses to pheromone

You can find more detailed information on each of these research topics on our research page.

We welcome the spontaneous applications of motivated and qualified PhD students and postdocs. Please check the "How to apply?" page for details


Selected Publications

Bhatia P, Hachet O, Hersch M, Rincon SA, Berthelot-Grosjean M, Dalessi S, Basterra L, Bergmann S, Paoletti A and Martin SG. Distinct levels in Pom1 gradients limit Cdr2 activity and localization to time and position division. 2013. Cell Cycle. Dec 6;13(4) (pubmed)

Bendezú FO and Martin SG. Cdc42 explores the cell periphery for mate selection in fission yeast. 2013. Current Biology 23: 42-47, 29 November 2012 (pubmed)

Bendezu FO and Martin SG. Cdc42 oscillations in yeasts. 2012. Science Signalling 5(253): pe53. (pubmed)

Hachet O, Bendezu FO and Martin SG. Fission yeast: In shape to divide. 2012. Current Opinion in Cell Biology 24(6): 858-864. (pubmed)

Lo Presti L, Chang F, Martin SG. Myosin Vs organize actin cables in fission yeast. 2012. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Oct 10 [Epub ahead of print] (pubmed)

Lo Presti L and Martin SG. Shaping Fission Yeast Cells by Rerouting Actin-Based Transport on Microtubules. 2011. Current Biology, 10.1016/j.cub.2011.10.033. (video abstract)

Hachet O, Berthelot-Grosjean M, Kokkoris K, Vincenzetti V, Moosbrugger J and Martin SG. A phosphorylation cycle shapes gradients of the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 at the plasma membrane. 2011. Cell 145: 1116-1128. (pubmed)

Martin SG and Berthelot-Grosjean M. Polar gradients of the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 couple cell length with the cell cycle. 2009. Nature 459: 852-6, Epub 2009 May 27. (pubmed)

Click here for a complete list of publications.


Keywords: cell polarity, cytoskeleton, actin, microtubules, cell cycle, cancer, mating, pheromone, fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe

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Lab news

March 2014: Check our latest publication in the Journal of Cell Science


February 2014: Sophie Martin receives the Friedrich Miescher award


December 2013: Check our latest publication at Cell Cycle


November 2013: Congratulations to Libera Lo Presti who receives the Faculty Prize for her PhD thesis!


January 2013: Congratulations to Kyriakos Kokkoris for successfully defending his PhD thesis!


January 2013: See our latest publication at Current Biology


December 2012: Sophie Martin receives the Women in Cell Biology Junior Award at the ASCB meeting


November 2012: Congratulations to Libera Lo Presti for successfully defending her PhD thesis!


October 2012: Congratulations to Omaya Dudin for winning the poster prize at the EMBO conference "Experimental Approaches to Evolution and Ecology using Yeast"

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