PhD graduate student
BS in Biological Sciences, 2012, University of Rhode Island
Tip growth, growing a cell in a specific and focused direction, requires the orchestration of multiple complex mechanisms. Elements of the cytoskeleton must be built and destroyed in exact spatiotemporal patterns in order to ensure healthy growth. My research interest focuses on what controls the cytoskeleton, and what regulates that control. Previously the lab has looked at various proteins that seem to be vital to this process, and I continue that research while also looking at the role of ions (specifically, calcium and hydronium) in this regulation.