A big welcome to our new Summer Scholar Arushi Katyal!

Arushi is a sophomore at Boston College, and is joining the lab for 2 months as part of the WU Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (PCEN) Summer Scholar program. She will be investigating how defects in centrosome biogenesis affect the immune response during embryonic kidney development. Welcome to the lab!

Our review titled “Development of a Multiciliated Cell” is published in Current Opinion in Cell Biology!

Multiciliated cells (MCC) are evolutionary conserved, highly specialized cell types that contain dozens to hundreds of motile cilia that they use to propel fluid directionally. To template these cilia, each MCC produces between 30 and 500 basal bodies via a process termed centriole amplification. Much progress has been made in recent years in understanding the […]

Our collaboration on the role of Cep120 in  axon development is published in Cell Reports

Microtubule (MT) modifications are critical during axon development, with stable MTs populating the axon. How these modifications are spatially coordinated is unclear. Here, via high-resolution microscopy, we show that early developing neurons have fewer somatic acetylated MTs restricted near the centrosome. At later stages, however, acetylated MTs spread out in soma and concentrate in growing […]

Welcome to our new research assistant Chidera Agwu!

Chidera did his undergraduate studies at  Saint Louis University (MO), receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. He will be investigating how defects in centrosome biogenesis and structure affect embryonic kidney development. Welcome to the lab!

Our paper about centriole appendages is published in Nature Comm.

This study was led by Jadranka Loncarek’s group (NIH). They used correlative super-resolution (STORM) microscopy and TEM tomography to characterize the organization of centriole distal appendages in various ciliated cells. The study, titled “High-resolution characterization of centriole distal appendage morphology and dynamics by correlative STORM and electron microscopy” is available online at Nature Communications.