The Johnson Lab

at the University of Texas at Austin

Ribosome Biogenesis

The ribosome is one of the most complex machines in the cell. We work on how eukaryotic cells assemble, transport, and test ribosomes for function.  We primarily use yeast as a model system because the molecular techniques, genetic reagents and bioinformatics are more robust for yeast than for any other system.  

Featured Articles

Genetics animates structure: leveraging genetic interactions to study the dynamics of ribosome biogenesis

Black JJ & Johnson AW. Current Genetics. 2021 April.


Bud23 promotes the final disassembly of the small subunit Processome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Black JJ, Sardana R, Elmir EW, Johnson AW. PLoS Genetics. 2020 Dec.

The L1 stalk is required for efficient export of nascent large ribosomal subunits in yeast

Musalgaonkar S, Black JJ, Johnson AW. RNA 2019 Nov.

Tsr4 is a cytoplasmic chaperone for the ribosomal protein Rps2 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Black JJ, Musalgaonkar S, Johnson AW. Mol. Cell. Biol. 2019 June.

Tightly-orchestrated rearrangements govern catalytic center assembly of the ribosome

Zhou, Y, Musalgaonkar, S, Johnson, AW and Taylor, DW. Nat. Commun. 2019 Feb.


07/2021 – Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Black for successfully defending your thesis!

01/2021 – We welcome Ran Lin as the newest member of our lab as a post-doctoral researcher!

08/2020 – Congratulations to Ezzeddine Elmir for matriculating at the Medical College of Wisconsin!

05/2020 – Congratulations to Joshua Black for receiving a continuing fellowship from the Graduate School!

05/2020 – Congratulations to Ezzeddine Elmir for receiving the Dean's Honored Graduate distinction!

05/2019 – Congratulations Lisa Huang for getting into MD Anderson's graduate school!

05/2019 – Congratulations Hana Shin for getting into MD Anderson's graduate school!

05/2019 – Congratulations Daniel Loftus for joining Amanda Whipple's lab at Harvard University!

05/2019 – Congratulations Andrew Bazley for getting into graduate school at New York University!

03/2019 – Congratulations Jamie Yelland on passing your PhD Candidacy Qualification Exam!