Rivera, Gonzalo individual record
Associate Professor

My laboratory is interested in the role played by cytoskeletal remodeling in development and disease, particularly, angiogenesis and tumor progression and invasion. The long-term goal of our research is to understand how extracellular signals that alter tyrosine phosphorylation and the metabolism of inositol phospholipids modulate actin dynamics and cell motility. Areas of interest include the biogenesis of actin-based structures of invasion, intracellular trafficking, and three-dimensional tissue morphogenesis in vitro. Our research employs a combination of molecular genetics, cell biology, proteomics, and high-resolution optical imaging.

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Academic Articles24
  • Morris, D. C., Popp, J. L., Tang, L. K., Gibbs, H. C., Schmitt, E., Chaki, S. P., ... Rivera, G. M. (2017). Nck deficiency is associated with delayed breast carcinoma progression and reduced metastasis.. Mol Biol Cell. 28(24), 3500-3516.
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  • Cheerathodi, M., Avci, N. G., Guerrero, P. A., Tang, L. K., Popp, J., Morales, J. E., ... McCarty, J. H. (2016). The Cytoskeletal Adapter Protein Spinophilin Regulates Invadopodia Dynamics and Tumor Cell Invasion in Glioblastoma.. Mol Cancer Res. 14(12), 1277-1287.
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  • Hou, T. Y., Barhoumi, R., Fan, Y., Rivera, G. M., Hannoush, R. N., McMurray, D. N., & Chapkin, R. S. (2016). n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids suppress CD4(+) T cell proliferation by altering phosphatidylinositol-(4,5)-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] organization.. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1858(1), 85-96.
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  • Ditlev, J. A., Michalski, P. J., Huber, G., Rivera, G. M., Mohler, W. A., Loew, L. M., & Mayer, B. J. (2015). Correction: Stoichiometry of Nck-dependent actin polymerization in living cells.. J Cell Biol. 211(5), 1095-1098.
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  • Hirota, S., Clements, T. P., Tang, L. K., Morales, J. E., Lee, H. S., Oh, S. P., ... McCarty, J. H. (2015). Neuropilin 1 balances 8 integrin-activated TGF signaling to control sprouting angiogenesis in the brain.. Development. 142(24), 4363-4373.
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Conference Papers3
  • Chaki, S. P., Barhoumi, R., Yog, R., Berginski, M. E., Gomez, S. M., & Rivera, G. M. (2011). Nck Is Required for Focal Adhesion Maturation and Polarized Cell Motility.. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL. 22,
  • Fortune, J. E., Rivera, G. M., & Yang, M. Y. (2004). Follicular development: the role of the follicular microenvironment in selection of the dominant follicle.. Anim Reprod Sci. 82-83, 109-126.
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  • Fortune, J. E., Rivera, G. M., Evans, A. C., & Turzillo, A. M. (2001). Differentiation of dominant versus subordinate follicles in cattle.. Biol Reprod. 65(3), 648-654.
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Texas A&M University; Vet Med Pathobiology; 4467 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4467