Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator (CV)

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. Learn more…

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


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


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


Graduate Student, KUMC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Larissa Dougherty (@L_L_Dougherty)

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

MAP kinase-dependent flagellar regulation in Chlamydomonas

For fun: gardening, tennis, and piano


Research Assistant

Nick Rosenthal (@nickrosenthal7)

B.S. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, B.A. Spanish, Vanderbilt University

Actin dependent flagellar gating in Chlamydomonas.

For fun: Basketball and taking care of my plants


Research Assistant

David Turkowitch

B.S. Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Actin regulation in Chlamydomonas.

For fun: Reading, board games, volleyball, lifting, and camping


Alumni:

Undergraduate Research Assistant Abigail Salberg (Subsequent position: Undergraduate Student, Kansas State University)

Research Assistant Evan Craig (Subsequent position: Graduate student, University of Washington Department of Biology)

Postdoc Shengping Huang (Subsequent position: Postdoctoral Scholar, KUMC, Kapitsinou Lab)

Research Assistant David Mueller (Subsequent position: Medical student, Boston University Medical School)

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

Undergraduate/Medical Student Kate Fee (Subsequent position: Student, UMKC 6 year medical program)