Our laboratory is interested in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology of the filamentous fungi. We are currently engaged in a research project to characterize how female development is regulated in Neurospora crassa. We have identified a number of transcription factors and signal transduction pathways that function to control female development. We are also characterizing cell wall biosynthesis in N. crassaem. We have identified the major proteins present in the cell wall. We are in the processin the process of characterizing how these proteins function. We have recently identified two enzymes that function in the incorporation of cell wall proteins into the cell wall.