Guide to the William James Nelson Laboratory, Records SC1453

Jenny Johnson
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
April 2019
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064


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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: William James Nelson Laboratory, Records
creator: Nelson, W. J. (W. James)
Identifier/Call Number: SC1453
Physical Description: 10.5 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): circa 2000-2018
Language of Material: English
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Conditions Governing Use

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, 2018.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item] William James Nelson Laboratory, Records (SC1453). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical / Historical

The Nelson lab's research seeks to understand how cell interactions specify the correct cellular organization of complex tissues, and how structurally and functionally different plasma membrane domains are assembled and tailored to specific tissue and organ functions. They take multi-faceted experimental approaches to these problems including: biophysical methods using single molecules; in vitro reconstitution with purified proteins; state-of-the art live cell fluorescence microscopy; and analysis of abnormalities in cellular and subcellular organization in disease states. They focus on experimentally tractable model cell systems that can be examined mechanistically by biochemical and cell biological approaches, although they are now working with more complex developmental systems including Zebrafish and Dictyostelium. Their research has provided detailed molecular insights into protein-protein interactions and mechanisms that link cell-cell adhesion to the functional differentiation of cells.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of lab research notes.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Biology -- Research.
Physiology -- Research
Nelson, W. J. (W. James)


Records Accession ARCH-2019-038

Box 1

Kathy Siemers, Biology 2018

Box 2

Mbom, Betty

Box 3

Benham-Pyle, Blair; Hotz, Manuel; Collins, Caitlin; Hartsock, Andrew

Box 4

Dickinson, Daniel

Box 5

Nelson, James

Box 6

Borghi, Nicholas; Tan, Jiongyi; Bianchini, Julie

Box 7

Chavez, Natalie