Work in the Barna lab is presently split into two main research efforts. The first is investigating ribosome-mediated control of gene expression in space and time during cellular differentiation and organismal development. This research is opening a new field of study in which we apply sophisticated mass spectrometry, computational biology, genomics, and developmental genetics, to characterize a ribosome code to gene expression.

The second research effort is centered on employing
state-of-the-art live cell imaging to visualize cell signaling and cellular control of organogenesis. We apply and create bioengineering tools to manipulate such cellular interactions and signaling in-vivo.