Current Graduate Students

Abigail Antoine
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Kelly Barford

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I study the cell biology of neurons, using the sympathetic nervous system as a model. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the “fight-or-flight” response, and the neurons composing it are extremely long, over a meter in humans. In order to function properly, they need to transport nutrients and proteins over that long distance. This long distance transport is the mechanism that I’m studying, and specifically what endosomal proteins regulate transport and signaling of the protein TrkA.

Christopher Bott
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Neurons are one of the most dramatic examples of polarized cell morphology during mammalian development. I study the dynamics and coordination of the neuronal cytoskeleton that contributes to this polar asymmetry.

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.

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.

Katrina McNeely

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The Dwyer lab is interested in neural development, and we focus on the unique cell division that neural progenitors undergo.  My project centers around the Kinesin-6 family member Kif20b.  Kif20b is involved in the final stage of cell division, abscission.  I am using a loss of function mouse model of Kif20b to elucidate the importance of abscission timing in controlling the size of the brain.

Pooja Sonavane
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I am interested in understanding the mechanism by which keratin intermediate filaments regulate formation of directed lamellipodial protrusion and dynamics of focal adhesions during collective cell migration.

Wiktor Tokarek

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I am a visiting student on a one-year program at the DeSimone lab. My tasks involve studying cell-substrate and cell-cell adhesion properties using Atomic Force Microscope. I am working with cells isolated from developing Xenopus laevisembryos.

Prasad Trivedi
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I am interested in elucidating molecular pathways ensuring faithful genome segregation during mitosis. Currently, I am trying to figure out how proper kinetochore-microtubule attachment formation in regulated and how and the spindle assembly checkpoint is maintained in absence of proper kinetochore-microtubule attachment.