Analysing the role of a novel zinc finger protein in stem cell maintanence
We have cloned the gene associated with a mutation that results in expansion of stem cells in the Drosophila testis. The gene encodes a novel protein that contains 21 zinc finger domains. We do not know what molecular processes are being regulated by this protein and the project will utilise molecular genetics and immunostudies to determine its role in stem cell maintenance.
Associate Professor Gary Hime
Dr Greg Somers, LaTrobe University