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Ling-Rong Kao Ph.D.

Ling-Rong Kao Ph.D.

Research Faculty I
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Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
M.S., Department of Biochemical Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
B.S., Department of Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.


American Society for Cell Biology
Genetics Society of America

Research Focus

centrosomes, centrioles


Chen J.V., L.-R. Kao, S.C. Jana, E. Sivan-Loukianva, S. Mendonca, O.A. Cabrera, P. Singh, C. Cabernard, D.F. Eberl, M. Bettencourt-Dias and T.L. Megraw (2015) Rootletin organizes the ciliary rootlet to achieve neuron sensory function in Drosophila. J. Cell Biology 211 (2) : 435-453.

Kao, L.R., and T.L. Megraw (2012) Cytokinesis: RhoGEFs Control a Developmental Cleavage Switch. Current Biology 22(21) : R916-R917.

Barrera, J.A., L.R. Kao, R.E. Hammer, and T.L. Megraw (2010) CDK5RAP2 Regulates Centriole Licensing and Mitotic Centrosome Clustering in Mice. Dev Cell 18(6) : 913-926.

Kao, L.R., and T.L. Megraw (2009) Centrocortin cooperates with Centrosomin to organize Drosophila embryonic cleavage furrows. Current Biology 19: 937-942.

Kotadia, S., L.R. Kao, S.A. Comerford, R.T. Jones, R.E. Hammer, and T.L. Megraw (2008) PP2A-dependent disruption of centrosome replication and cytoskeleton organization in Drosophila by SV40 small tumor antigen. Oncogene 27(49): 6334- 46.

Kao, L.R., and T.L. Megraw (2004) RNAi in cultured Drosophila cells. Methods in Molecular Biology 247: 443-457.

Megraw, T.L., L.R. Kao, and T.C. Kaufman (2001) Zygotic development without functional mitotic centrosomes. Current Biology 11: 116- 120.

Megraw,T.L., K. Li, L.R. Kao, and T.C. Kaufman (1999) The Centrosomin protein is required for centrosome assembly and function during cleavage in Drosophila. Development 126: 2829-2839.