Postdoc (joint appointment)
University of California, Berkeley - Niyogi lab - Plant and Microbial Biology Department
University of California, San Francisco - Marshall lab - Center for Cellular Construction
As a joint postdoc between the Marshall (UCSF) and Niyogi (UCB) labs, I am interested in photosynthetic efficiency in the context of algal endosymbiosis. I am using micropatterning and light microscopy approaches to address how hosts regulate their algal symbionts, how this regulation affects algal metabolism and how algal endosymbionts in turn regulate their hosts. This work is inspired by our observations of the symbiotic relationship in the wild ciliate Stentor pyriformis in the context of the Physiology course hosted by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Maddox lab - Biology Department
As a graduate student in the Maddox lab at UNC Chapel Hill, I addressed how a nucleus comes to be a functional organelle within the cell. This is an essential process as every cell must form a new nucleus following cell division and condensed sperm chromatin must expand into a functional pronucleus following fertilization across organisms. We used a combination of mathematical modelling, several model organisms (mammalian cells, fly embryos, worm embryos, frog egg extracts) and quantitative live-cell microscopy approaches (tracking, morphological analyses, fluorescence intensity quantifications, etc) to determine the molecular requirements of nuclear expansion and assembly.
Université de Montréal - Archambault lab - Institute for Research in Cancer and Immunology