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The Chu Lab


Life depends on transmitting genetic information encoded on DNA reliably from cell to cell and generation to generation. 

Our diverse team of researchers investigates molecular mechanisms that package and transmit DNA during sperm formation that are needed for fertility and development.

Because these processes are critical for fertility, they are highly conserved across species. We therefore use the tiny roundworm C. elegans as a model organism to study sperm formation. This allows us to use a broad range of approaches in biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and genetics that are difficult to conduct in humans. 

Our work has been published in Nature and PLoS Genetics and is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. We invite you to explore our work!



Our research is conducted by SF State undergraduate and Master's students. We have a passion for science, outreach, music, and food!

At SF State, we value and encourage exploration of science, science communication, and diversity!



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San Francisco State University

Department of Biology

1600 Holloway Ave

San Francisco, CA 94132

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