Roberto Weigert, PhD

Roberto Weigert, Ph.D.

Adjunct Senior Investigator
Intracellular Membrane Trafficking Section

Senior Investigator
Laboratory of Cellular & Molecular Biology, NCI

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Bethesda, MD 20892-4256
United States

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Research Interests

The two central questions that drive Dr. Weigert’s research are how membranes continuously change their shape and composition during trafficking events such as endocytosis and exocytosis at the plasma membrane, and how these processes are deregulated during tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Specifically, Dr. Weigert and his team have directed their efforts toward understanding the spatiotemporal coordination of actin cytoskeleton, cell signaling, and cellular metabolism, which is essential in controlling membrane remodeling. To address these questions, Dr. Weigert and his colleagues have developed Intravital Subcellular Microscopy (ISMIC), which combines light microscopy techniques, such as two-photon and confocal microscopy, to enable the direct observation of the intracellular process in live animals. This has been complemented with the development of a series of pharmacological, molecular, and genetic tools that have made possible the investigation of cellular processes in vivo at a molecular level.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Roberto Weigert obtained a BSc in chemistry from the University of Catania, Italy, after which he joined the department of cell biology at the Mario Negri Institute. In 2000, Dr. Weigert received a PhD from the Open University of London. In 2001, Dr. Weigert joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at NIH as a research fellow in the Laboratory of Cell Biology. In 2006, Dr. Weigert joined NIDCR as chief of the Intracellular Membrane Trafficking Unit. In 2015, Dr. Weigert joined the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Selected Publications
Last Reviewed on
February 2018