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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: 

Chloe Snider is awarded an AHA fellowship

June 6, 2017

Congratulations, Chloe!  Chloe received a 2-year predoctoral fellowship award from the American Heart Association for her research project, "Investigating molecular mechanisms underlying formation and anchoring of the cytokinetic ring."  Chloe's fellowship period begins July 1.  For more information about Chloe's project, check out the Gould Lab research pages. 

Pombe 2017 meeting was a success!

May 27, 2017

Kathy, Alaina, and MariaSanta journeyed to Banff, Canada for the 9th International Fission Yeast Meeting.  Kathy helped kick off the conference with a keynote address, "Organizing the Split: Nanoscale Architecture of the Cell Division Machinery." After that first evening, our days were filled with excellent lectures in good company at an extremely lovely locale.  And when we weren't in the seminar rooms, we were outside enjoying the Canadian Rocky Mountains and local wildlife. 

Hannah is awarded a VUSRP Fellowship

April 23, 2017

Congratulations to Hannah, who was selected to be a fellow for the 2017 Vanderbilt University Summer Research Program (VUSRP). VUSRP fellows receive a stipend to support 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer break. We are excited to have Hannah working full time in lab this summer!  For more information about VUSRP, visit 

Chloe Snider named Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

April 12, 2017

Congratulations, Chloe!  As 2017 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar, Chloe will be mentored by the previous year's Vanderbilt Prize Winner. The Vanderbilt Prize is awarded to women scientists who have contributed greatly to their field and who have a strong track record of mentoring.  The 2016 Vanderbilt Prize Winner is Elaine Fuchs of The Rockefeller Institute. 

Gould Lab heads to ASCB 2016

November 28, 2016

Members of the Gould Lab will be presenting at the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  Chloe will present during the mini-symposium "Cell Division: Chromosome and Cytoskeletal Dynamics" (Wed, Dec. 7 at 8:30am, Room 104).  Also, stop by our posters to hear more about our research.   We look forward to seeing you there!