Edward Twomey, January 2021

Assistant Professor

WBSB 713


Joining the Department in January, 2021

The Twomey Lab opens in January 2021. We are interested in the structural and biochemical underpinnings of neurotransmission and neurodegeneration, as well as the homeostasis of the proteins contributing to these processes. Primarily, we will be applying cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to reconstruct the biochemical processes underlying these problems. We firmly believe that the most informative mechanistic insights into biology come from a deep understanding of the biological machines that govern them.

Please visit the lab website, http://twomeylab.com/, for more information.

Selected Publications

Twomey, E.C.*, Ji, Z.*, Wales, T.E., Bodnar, N.O., Ficarro, S.B., Marto, J.A., Engen, J.R., Rapoport, T.A. “Substrate processing by the Cdc48 ATPase complex is initiated by ubiquitin unfolding.” Science, Aug 2;365(6452). pii: eaax1033. PMID: 31249135.

Twomey, E.C., Yelshanskaya, M.V., Vassilevski, A.A., Sobolevsky, A.I. “Mechanisms of channel block in calcium-permeable AMPA receptors.” Neuron, 99: 956-968 (2018). PMID: 30122377. Featured as issue cover.

Twomey, E.C., Yelshanskaya, M.V., Grassucci, R.A., Frank, J., Sobolevsky, A.I. “Channel opening and gating mechanism in AMPA-subtype glutamate receptors.” Nature, 549: 60-65 (2017). PMID: 28737760.

Twomey, E.C., Yelshanskaya, M.V., Grassucci, R.A., Frank, J., Sobolevsky, A.I. “Structural Bases of Desensitization in AMPA Receptor-Auxiliary Subunit Complexes.” Neuron, 94: 569-580 (2017). PMID: 28472657.

Twomey, E.C., Yelshanskaya, M.V., Grassucci, R.A., Frank, J., Sobolevsky, A.I. “Elucidation of AMPA receptor-stargazin complexes by cryo-electron microscopy.” Science, 353: 83-86 (2016). PMID: 27365450.