Cross Lab


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Work in the lab focuses on the force generating mechanisms of kinesins and microtubules.

These mechanisms drive much of the active self-organisation behaviour of eukaryotic cells and understanding them is important both for fundamental science and for the development of improved chemical biology approaches to a range of important medical and agricultural problems.



O. Von Loeffelholz, A. Peña, D. R. Drummond, R. Cross, C. A. Moores (2019)
4.5 Å Cryo-EM Structure of Yeast Kinesin-5-Microtubule Complex Reveals a Distinct Binding Footprint and Mechanism of Drug Resistance [Link]


McHugh, T., Drechsler, H., McAinsh, A.D., Carter, N.J. & Cross R.A. (2018)
Kif15 functions as an active mechanical ratchet.
Mol Biol Cell. mbcE18030151. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E18-03-0151. [Link]

TOG domain MT polymerases accelerate MT plus end growth via electrostatically-steered diffusion-to-capture and electrostatic templating of GTP-tubulin
| Venables et al (2018) | bioRxiv

peet Daniel R. Peet, Nigel J Burroughs, Robert A. Cross (2018)
Kinesin expands and stabilises the GDP-microtubule lattice
| Nature Nano


Rob Cross | Kinesin & tubulin

I lead the Motors Group and am also Director of the CMCB and Director of the Hooke Science Programme, our radical new undergraduate course in Integrated Science.

Google | Pubmed | UoW | WMS | New Lattice allostery


Nick Carter | Advanced Microscopy

I am interested in the single molecule mechanics of molecular motors and tracks & am designer and developer of the WOSM.

Algirdas Toleikis | Bidirectionality

I am interested in the mechanics of bidirectional kinesins.

Douglas Martin | eduWOSM

I am a scientific visitor to the Cross lab, working with Nick Carter and Claire Mitchell to develop the WOSM.

Yean Ming Chew | Microtubule lattice plasticity

I am a PhD student, working on tubulin engineering and microtubule lattice mechanics.

Huong Vu | Kinesin mechanism

I am a biophysicist, interested in how kinesins step.

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