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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Cell and Developmental Biology

biology department

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Image Credit: Torrey Mandigo, Folker Lab and Bret Judson, Higgins Imaging Facility muscle from a Drosophila model for Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy stained F-action (blue), Tubulin (green), and nuclei (pink).

Our department explores a range of areas within cell and developmental biology. Please see below for details.

Anthony Annunziato
Molecular biology; Chromatin assembly and histone modifications in mammalian cells and fission yeast

David Burgess
Cytokinesis, polarization of the cytoskeleton

Eric Folker
Cellular Organization.  Mechanisms of nuclear movement and the role of nuclear movement in muscle development and disease pathogenesis.

Marc-Jan Gubbels
Host cell invasion is at the heart of apicomplexan parasite pathogenesis. We use Toxoplasma gondii as a genetically tractable model to dissect this process. In addition we are analyzing the internal budding of daughter parasites during T. gondii cell division. Identification of key players in processes unique to the biology of Apicomplexa (invasion and division) is the first step towards development of more effective therapeutic options.

Dan Kirschner
Structural analysis of amyloids and myelin sheaths

Laura Anne Lowery
Cytoskeletal dynamics during cell migration, axon outgrowth, development of the nervous system

Sarah McMenamin
Zebra fish, post-embryonic coordination, thyroid hormone, craniofacial development; Ecology and Evolution

Thomas Seyfried
Gene-environmental interactions in epilepsy and brain cancer

Ken Williams
Central nervous system macrophages, neuroAIDS, AIDS pathogenesis, monocyte/macrophage biology