Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Prachee Avasthi, PhD (@PracheeAC)

B.S. Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D.Neuroscience, University of Utah

Postdoc Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California San Francisco

Our lab uses the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to study formation of the cellular antenna, the cilium, and how its assembly is coordinated with other cellular processes. We are currently using this system to study coordination of actin- and microtubule-based trafficking as well as signaling mediated regulation of flagellar assembly kinetics.

For fun: running, sciTwitter, and playing with my son

Research Assistant

B.S. Biology, Rockhurst University

Actin dynamics and characterization of actin binding proteins in Chlamydomonas.

For fun: soccer, running, playing guitar, and going to concerts

Research Assistant

B.S. Biology, University of Missouri-Kansas City

MAP kinase tuning of flagellar length in Chlamydomonas

For fun: watching Juventus, anime, and spending time with friends

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, KUMC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Brittany Jack (@bmichellej87)

B.S. Biochemistry, Rockhurst University

My research interest focuses on the regulation of flagellar assembly. We previously used a small molecule kinase inhibitors to identify potential regulators of flagellar assembly. Currently, I am studying the role of actin redundancy in Chlamydomonas flagellar dynamics.

For fun: coffee, reading, going to movies, crafts, and shopping

K-INBRE Postdoctoral Fellow

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Shengping Huang, PhD (@shengping_huang)

B.E. Bioengineering, Hubei University, China

M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hubei University, China

Ph.D. Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Postdoc Indiana University School of Medicine

Molecular mechanisms of entry and exit of flagellar proteins / The function of uncharacterized flagellar associated proteins (FAPs)

For fun: watching the NBA

Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellow, KUMC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Brae Bigge  (@biggebrae)

B.S. Biochemistry, Wichita State University

Chlamydomonas actin polymerization and interactions

For fun: fitness, reading, and spending time with friends and family

Rotation Student, KUMC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

B.S Microbiology, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Rotation Project: CDK-like kinase dependent actin dynamics in Chlamydomonas

For fun: playing/training my dog Lucy and cooking.

Rotation Student, KUMC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

B.A. Biochemistry and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, William Jewel College

Rotation Project: Actin-dependent membrane dynamics in Chlamydomonas

For fun: gardening, tennis, and piano

Undergraduate/Medical Student, 6 year UMKC medical program

Investigating cytoskeletal dynamics in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

For fun: running, sleeping, reading, hiking, and fishing


Research Assistant David Mueller (Current: Boston University Medical School)

Postdoc Soumita Dutta (Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Texas Health Science Center, Koehler Lab)