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Yelland, James

Jamie Yelland

Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant MBS
Molecular Biosciences, Biology Instruction Office

Visualizing the steps of eukaryotic ribosome assembly

Office Location
NMS 1.246

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712


B.A. Biochemistry, Oberlin College (2013)


Third year graduate student, Biochemistry PhD program, Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology

Advisors: Dr. Arlen Johnson, Dr. David Taylor

Interests: Ribosome biogenesis, structures of nascent ribosomes, ribosome quality control, structural biology

The eukaryotic ribosome is an exceptionally complex macromolecular machine, responsible for carrying out protein synthesis in all living cells. Using cryo-electron microscopy and other techniques, I study structures and mechanisms of ribosome assembly in our favorite model eukaryote, S. cerevisiae. I am investigating the mechanisms by which cells build and test the catalytic center of the large ribosomal subunit, which must be properly assembled in order to correctly translate genetic information into proteins. My work will lead to a deeper understanding of how ribosome biogenesis, an essential process in all living things, is controlled and monitored at critical steps.


Hamilton Seed Grant (Department of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin)


Teaching Assistant

Foundations of Biochemistry (David Hoffman, BCH339F) - Fall 2018

Molecular Machines (Karen Browning, BCH339M) - Fall 2019