Post Doctoral Trainees and Senior Research Staff

Postdoctoral Trainees


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The possibility to generate tissues and organs in vitro from embryonic stem cells is important because of its potential uses in cell therapy and application for regenerative medicine. Most of the studies using embryoid bodies (EBs) apply signaling molecules in the medium, therefore EBs are instructed homogeneous in all directions. This approach leads to a spherically symmetrical external to internal gradient of stimulation. The main goal of my project is to take control of the instruction and organization of zebrafish and mouse EBs, imposing them asymmetric information that should direct patterning of 3D structures, defining clear symmetry axes along which embryo and/or organ morphogenesis will occur in vitro.

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My research are focused on the late events of Ebola virus entry into host cells and more specifically on the understanding of the very last event that triggers fusion between Ebola enveloppe glycoprotein and the membrane of late endosomes/lysosomes. The goal of my research is to find glycoprotein determinants and host factors involved in this fusion triggering step.

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I work on the role of the Kinesin-6 family member, Kif20b, in cytokinesis and the structure I am mostly focused on is the midbody. I use the Kif20bmagoo mouse line and siRNA knockdowns in HeLa cells, and utilize immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy as well as biochemical approaches for my research.

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I’m interested in the genetic control of sensory hair cell and the organ of corti development. One primary focus is to understand the mechanisms underlying planar polarization of sensory hair cells and morphogenesis of the hair bundle.

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My research are mainly focused on using zebrafish embryo and mouse embryonic stem cells to study how totipotent embryonic cells progressively acquire properties of specific tissues and different organs during development.


Senior Research Staff


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My work is focused on small GTPases of the Arf and Rab families, and their roles in membrane trafficking and cell motility. My expertise is in imaging and quantitative image analysis.

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I am interested in how cells both create and respond to their extracellular environment in order to generate form.

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I am a reproductive biologist and my training to date has been in basic cell, molecular, reproductive, and developmental biology with an applied outcome of new contraceptive target identification. Currently I am involved with the study on testis specific serine kinases, as they emerged as excellent male contraceptive targets, and cancer biomarker and therapeutics discovery.

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I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate development of the epididymis. Three questions that interest me: 1) How does the epididymis provide a microenvironment for sperm maturation; 2) How does the Wolffian duct elongate and coil during tubular morphogenesis; 3) Why does the epididymis rarely succumb to cancer.