Zac Cande is interested in the mechanism of chromosome segregation during mitosis and meiosis. His research group seeks to understand the evolution of the cytoskeleton and its function during mitosis and meiosis. His group also studies the changes in chromosome structure and behavior that lead to the pairing of homologous chromosomes during meiotic prophase and their segregation at Meiosis I and II. They use three model organisms: Giardia intestinalis, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, and Zea mays. To complement their molecular genetic strategies they analyze chromosome behavior in meiotic and mitotic cells using a computerized light microscope workstation that is capable of recording three-dimensional images of multiple cellular components in fixed and living cells.
Research Expertise and Interest
genetics, cell biology, microbial biology, plant biology