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Nathan's paper published in eLife

September 26, 2017
Posted in Publications

Nathan's paper "Nanoscale architecture of the Schizosaccharomyces pombe contractile ring" is now published in eLife. (Click to read: eLife 2017;6:e28865).  

Meet our newest member: Eric Zhang

September 19, 2017
Posted in Lab members

Eric Zhang is an undergraduate student who will be doing research in our lab under the mentorship of post-doc Sierra Cullati.  Welcome, Eric!  We asked Eric a few questions to get to know him.  What are you studying at Vanderbilt?  What are you thinking about doing after college? I'm currently a Biological Sciences and Global History double major, with plans of hopefully one day going to medical school. The history part of that isn't supposed to really make sense with my career goals much... I just really like subject and learning more about the world.

Congratulations, Dr. Jones!

September 19, 2017

We celebrated our last defense of the summer! Christine Jones presented her thesis "Regulation of the key mitotic checkpoint protein Dma1 through post-translational modifications."  Thanks to all of Christine's friends and family who joined us for this occasion! 

Meet our newest member: Gabriele Juskeviciute

August 30, 2017
Posted in Lab members

We are so happy to welcome Gabby to the lab!  Gabby joined in July and has been slowly assuming the responsibilities of lab manager and supervisor of our undergraduate student workers.  She is off to a great start!    We asked Gabby a few questions to get to know her better...  Where are you from? Where were you before coming to the lab? 

Gould Lab celebrates the total eclipse

August 24, 2017

Nashville, TN was in the path of totality for the Great American Solar Eclipse.  We observed the total eclipse from 1:27-1:29pm on Monday, August 21 and then celebrated this awesome event with delicious cake baked by undergrad Maya.     

Chloe's and Alaina's paper available online!

August 20, 2017
Posted in Publications

Chloe Snider and Alaina Willet are first authors on a paper accepted at Journal of Cell Biology and now available online. Click to read about "Phosphoinositide-mediated ring anchoring resists perpendicular forces to promote medial cytokinesis." 

Read Sierra's paper in the August issue of JCB

August 7, 2017
Posted in Publications

Read Gould lab postdoc Sierra Cullati's paper "A bifurcated signaling cascade of NIMA-related kinases controls distinct kinesins in anaphase" in the August issue of Journal of Cell Biology.  This paper shares some of her graduate thesis work from Scott Gerber's lab at Dartmouth. In this paper, Sierra dissects the regulation of kinesins Mklp2 and Kif14 by NIMA-related kinases Nek6, Nek7, and Nek9 that is required for faithful cytokinesis.

Summer student Luul presents her work at the VSSA Symposium

Luul Aden has spent the last 8 weeks working in the Gould lab and today she presented her work at the VSSA 15th Annual Student Research Symposium.    After this summer, Luul will start her junior year at Vanderbilt as a Molecular Biology major. In the future, Luul hopes to go to medical school and maybe even continue doing research that helps to advance medicine.  Good luck, Luul!  Be sure to stop by the lab and say hello! 

Congratulations, Dr. Willet!

July 24, 2017
Posted in Lab events

Alaina successfully defended her thesis "Mechanisms regulating cytokinetic contractile ring formation and anchoring Schizosaccharomyces pombe."   We celebrated all of Alaina's contributions to the lab and scientific community including mentorship of rotation students (e.g. Chloe) and undergraduates (e.g. Hannah), quantitative microscopy techniques that she learned at Woods Hole, and the widespread adaptation of the mNeonGreen fluorophore by our lab and the fission yeast community. 

Congratulations, Dr. McDonald!

July 18, 2017
Posted in Lab events

Nathan successfully defended his thesis entitled "Nanoscale architecture of F-BAR proteins and the Schizosaccharomyces pombe contractile ring." His thesis work has been published in numerous papers and he has written numerous reviews: