Robin Wharton P PhD

Robin Wharton P PhD
ProfessorCollege of Arts &
982 Biomedical Research Tower 460 W 12th Avenue Columbus Ohio 43210
Phone:614-247-1960Fax: (614) 688-8675
  • Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics

General Research Interest

Translational control during development in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster, with a special interest in the germline stem cells and primordial germ cells.

Research Description

We study post-transcriptional gene regulation during development in the germ line of the model system Drosophila melanogaster. Two proteins-- Nanos and Pumilio-- collaborate to repress translation of CyclinB mRNA in the primordial germ cells, thereby blocking proliferation. One current project involves investigation of the mechanism by which CycB repression is restricted to the germline. A second project investigates the role of Nanos that is shared by mice and flies-- maintenance of germ line stem cells (GSCs). The regulatory targets that mediate Nanos activity in the GSCs are unknown; and we are currently exploring novel methods to identify them. These studies will help elucidate the mechanism of Nanos action and shed light on the role of germline genes in tumor formation driven by lethal(3) malignant brain tumor.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: