Welcome Yujie Li! | October, 2014
Yujie joins us from the University of Chicago where she completed her Ph.D. with David Kovar. For her graduate work, Yujie worked on developing in vitro assays for imaging molecular interactions with actin filaments.
Claudia Vasquez publishes paper in The JCB | August, 2014
Congratulations graduate student Claudia Vasquez on her publication "Dynamic myosin phosphorylation regulates contractile pulses and tissue integrity during epithelial morphogenesis" in The Journal of Cell Biology. Claudia's paper was also highlighted in a video interview with the JCB news editor.
Welcome Elena Kingston! | June, 2014
Elena, our new Technical Assistant, graduated from Swarthmore College in May 2014. Elena spent a summer doing research in David Stern's lab at Janelia Farm.
Soline Chanet publishes a book chapter | June, 2014
Congratulations Soline on the publication of a book chapter Mechanical Force Sensing in Tissues!
Welcome Jeanne Jodoin! | January, 2014
Jeanne comes to us from Vanderbilt University where she received a Ph.D. for her work on the mechanisms of dynein motor localization.
Jonathan Coravos Passed Qualifying Exam! | October, 2013
Congratulations to graduate student, Jonathan Coravos, on passing his qualifying exam.
Nature Cell Biology Paper | July, 2013
Congratulations to postdoc, Frank Mason, for the recent publication of his paper, "Apical domain polarization promotes actin-myosin assembly to drive ratchet-like apical constriction on Nature Cell Biology." In the paper, Mason et al. show that the signals that regulate contractile forces in constricting cells exhibit a spatial organization within the apical domain of the cell. Signals that activate myosin motors are polarized to the center of the apical domain. Actin polymerization in this domain suppresses junctional protein localization, restricting junctional proteins to cell-cell interfaces. Thus, a “radial” cell polarity is established, which is shown to be important for apical constriction.
Welcome Natalie Heer! | May, 2013
Biology graduate student, Natalie Heer, joins the lab. Natalie received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University where she worked in the Reck-Peterson lab on dynein motility.
Mimi Xie Passed Qualifying Exam! | April, 2013
Congratulations to graduate student, Mimi Xie, on passing her qualifying exam.
Claudia Vasquez Passed Qualifying Exam! | January, 2013
Congratulations to graduate student, Claudia Vasquez, on passing her qualifying exam.
Soline Chanet awarded EMBO Long-Term Fellowship! | December, 2012
Congratulations to postdoc, Soline Chanet, for being awarded an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship