Current Graduate Students

Shawna Benjamin

sb4jk@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

TBA


Christopher Bott

cjb2ma@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

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

dfdh8f@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

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.


Glen Hirsh

gdh5cy@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

My thesis work focuses on understanding extracellular matrix protein expression and fibrillogenesis during Xenopus laevis development.


Jessica Neville

jln3az@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

The cerebral cortex is formed from neural progenitors that undergo highly specified divisions to form all the neurons and glia of the brain. I study the timing, localization and symmetry of these divisions and the effects they have on cell fate and neuron development.


Katherine Pfister

kep9v@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

My area of interest is Cytoskeletal structure and regulation during amphibian morphogenesis. I use mostly microsurgical manipulation and high-resolution fluorescence microscopy.


Crystal Richardson

cmr3zb@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

My dissertation research has uncovered a role for signaling downstream of the Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor (PDGFR) in modulating the assembly of a cytokeratin intermediate filament cytoskeleton and integrin-fibronectin adhesions during collective cell migration.


Pooja Sonavane

prs9cz@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

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.


Prasad Trivedi

pvt4ja@virginia.edu
Research Interests:

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.