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Scott Emr

Scott Emr


441 Weill Hall
(607) 255-0816

Scott Emr is the Frank Rhodes Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Director of the Weill Institute. Prior to joining Cornell, he held positions at Caltech and UCSD School of Medicine.

Research Focus

The Emr Lab studies the regulation of cell signaling and membrane trafficking pathways by phosphoinositide kinases, protein kinases, selective ubiquitin modifications, and vesicle-mediated transport reactions.

All eukaryotic cells maintain an elaborate system of vesicular transport pathways that convey cargo in and out of the cell via the endocytic and secretory systems. The Emr Lab's long-term goal has been to define the complex regulatory processes that ensure the temporal and spatial specificity of these membrane trafficking systems. Research has been focused in two major areas: (1) endocytic trafficking and receptor down-regulation and (2) phosphoinositide lipid- and ubiquitin-dependent membrane sorting pathways.

Research in the Emr Lab presently is focused in four major areas:
1. The assembly and function of each of the five complexes of the ESCRT pathway
2. Global screening to identifying novel genes/proteins necessary for trafficking transmembrane proteins through the endolysosomal membrane system
3. Regulation of endocytosis by arrestin-related ART proteins by selective ubiquitin modification of PM proteins
4. Regulation of synthesis and turnover of PIPs by lipid kinases and phosphatases

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Awards and Honors

  • Keith R. Porter Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to cell biology” (2017) American Society for Cell Biology
  • Elected Foreign Member (2008) European Molecular Biology Organization
  • Avanti Award for "key contributions in lipid signaling research" (2007) American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Washington D.C.
  • Elected Member (2007) National Academy of Sciences
  • Elected Member (2004) American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Selected Publications

Journal Publications