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Postdoc Dr. Katrina Velle awarded a NIH F32 fellowship

Katrina Velle was awarded an F32 from the NIH to fund her research: “Defining actin-based mechanisms driving basic cell functions and pathogenic behaviors in Naegleria.” While the “brain eating amoeba” Naegleria fowleri has a ~95% fatality rate, we have little understanding of the mechanisms...

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2019 ASCB-EMBO Conference with Team Chytrid

The Fritz-Laylin lab attended the 2019 ASCB-EMBO Conference in Washington DC from December 7-11. Lil gave a talk about the Naegleria spindle as part of the Subgroup “Mechanics of Large Cellular Machines” and co-chaired the Minisymposium “Quantitative Approaches to Cell Biology.” Edgar presented a...

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A Cell in Motion: Work featured in Exploratorium Exhibit

Lil’s work studying neutrophil movement with 3D microscopy (eLife 2017) has been featured as an exhibit at the Exploratorium – a “public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception” located in San Francisco, California. The exhibit, titled “A Cell in...

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Review published in Current Opinion in Genetics & Development

Katrina and Lil published a review on the “Diversity and evolution of actin-dependent phenotypes” in Current Opinion in Genetics & Development.  Here’s the abstract:  The actin cytoskeleton governs a vast array of core eukaryotic phenotypes that include cell movement, endocytosis, vesicular trafficking, and cytokinesis....

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Pew Biomedical Scholars – 2019 Class

Lillian has been named a Pew Biomedical Scholar! Here’s more about what it means to be a Pew Scholar: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health....

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Undergraduate Biology Symposium

We have some outstanding undergraduates in our lab! Recently, our seniors, Sarah Prostak and Alena Naritsin, and the Wadsworth lab’s Emily Norton (not pictured) presented their thesis work with a poster presentation followed by a symposium talk. For her work on chytrids, Sarah was...

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Featured in JCB’s People and Ideas

Lillian was featured in the most recent addition of the Journal of Cell Biology’s People and Ideas section! Check out the full article here.

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Bio-Protocol paper published.

Our Bio-Protocol paper on the relative quantitation of polymerized actin in suspension cells has been published. Here is the abstract for the text: The amount of polymerized actin within a cell can vary widely due to natural processes and/or experimentally induced perturbations. We routinely...

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Our NSF EDGE grant is funded!

Because of the generous support of the NSF EDGE program, we now have resources to develop molecular genetics for chytrid fungi! We will use these tools to study the evolution of cell motility. We will be sharing protocols and reagents as we go, so...

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BioEssays review published.

Our BioEssay review on how language influences our understanding of cell motility has been published. Here is an excerpt from the full text: The lack of a concise and consistently applied vocabulary to describe dynamic membrane protrusions has become an impediment to the study...

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