Current Graduate Students

Abigail Antoine
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I am interested in the system-level effects of cell-to-cell communication. Currently, I study how one transmembrane channel, Pannexin 3, affects the intercellular communication between vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells to facilitate constriction and dilation of small resistance arteries.

Raegan Bostic
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Shelby Cain
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Danielle Dacrema
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The epithelial barrier provides a dynamically regulated diffusion barrier, but little is understood about how this regulation occurs; I use Drosophila larvae as a model to study epithelial barrier regulation during regeneration.

Adam Greene
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I am interested in studying the host-pathogen relationships involving invasive bacterial pathogens and understanding how perturbations in host homeostasis leads to disease. Currently, I am studying how Salmonella manipulates cholesterol trafficking within host macrophages to facilitate bacterial survival and the mechanisms through which this occurs.

Xavier Horton

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Of the extracellular tear proteins downregulated in dry eye disease, lacritin is the only one known to trigger basal tearing and restore ocular homeostasis. I am interested in elucidating signaling mediators, associated receptor complexes, and ion channels activated through lacritin signaling.

Faith Karanja

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Loss of regenerative capacity often coincides with changes in systemic hormonal signaling. Using Drosophila larvae as a model, I study the role of hormonal signaling in regulating the timing and morphology of the regenerative response to damage.

Jinwoo Lee
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I am interested in understanding the signaling events that lead to the formation and patterning of the mammalian nervous system. I work with mouse embryoid bodies and try to recapitulate the neural developments in vitro by engineering morphogen gradients.

Gustavo Pacheco
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I am interested in understanding processes that regulate collective cell migration at the tissue level. I currently study the role that cell-cell (cadherin) and cell-extracellular matrix (integrin) adhesions play in regulating mitochondrial dynamics and metabolism in the dorsal marginal zone of the gastrulating Xenopus laevis embryo.

Tan Truong

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Insulin acts on cells expressing homo- and/or hetero-dimers of insulin-receptive transmembrane proteins. I am establishing a method to create live cells expressing a uniform population of insulin receptor heterodimers in order to unambiguously study their molecular and morphological consequences in various pathologies.

Jacob Wolpe

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In order to send neurotransmitters into the synaptic cleft, regulated exocytosis must be both rapid and precisely controlled. I examine the organization of the protein machinery which coordinates this process using purified vesicles and supported lipid bilayers.