People

Principal Investigator


Dr. Lillian Fritz-Laylin

Contact

Email: lfritz-laylin@bio.umass.edu

Office: 330 Morrill II South

About

I am an evolutionary cell biologist, coupling comparative genomics with modern cell biology to discover core molecules and mechanisms required for cell motility. I work with a number of eukaryotic organisms, from free living amoebae to flagellated fungi, as well as human neutrophils. Fun stuff!

Education

B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Postdoc Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of California San Francisco

Research Fellows


Mallory Kakley

Contact

Office: 323 Morrill II South

About

I am a research assistant in the Fritz-Laylin lab. My interests are in evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo) of both macrobes and microbes. I have particular interests in amoebae and plants and am now working on chytrid fungi!

Education

B.A. Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton,  Massachusetts

Undergraduate Students


Alena Naritsin

About

I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Fritz-Laylin lab. I’m interested in cellular and molecular biology, as well as physiology and anatomy, and I love discovering new things about cells and the body, especially how work in their respective systems. I am currently working on analyzing and rendering raw data collected from a lattice light sheet microscopy, which was used to image three-dimensional actin-based protrusions of migrating neutrophils!


Sarah Prostak

About

I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Fritz-Laylin Lab. My interests include pathogenesis of infectious organisms. I enjoy learning about how organisms move to infect their host and am now working on chytrid fungi.


Simon Shulman

About

I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Fritz-Laylin Lab. I am interested in cellular biology and genetics. I particularly enjoy genetic analysis of pathogenic organisms and am now working on chytrid fungi.