Margaret A. Titus
Principle Investigator (P.I.)
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
Margaret (Meg) Titus received an AB in Biochemistry with honors from Smith College where she began her research career working on a plant myosin. She then studied myosin-linked regulation in invertebrate muscles at Brandeis University and earned her PhD under thesis advisor Dr. Andrew G. Szent-Györgyi. She then initiated studies of non-muscle myosins using molecular genetic approaches as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jim Spudich's lab at Stanford. M.A. Titus has since continued to investigate the role of diverse myosin family members in cell migration, chemotaxis, adhesion and endocytosis in the social amoeba Dictyostelium.
Taylor earned his doctorate in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in Summer 2018. He is currently implementing genome engineering strategies in Dictyostelium and is performing pan-cancer informatic analyses to determine the scope of MyTH4-FERM myosins' impact on human cancers.
Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics
Ashley obtained a BS in Genetics from the University of WI. After completing her BS she worked as a lab technician at the University of WI studying neuronal polarity and also at the University of Chicago studying thymic B cells. For her PhD thesis, Ashley is interested in how filopodia initiate from the cell cortex, and how MyTH4FERM myosin in concert with VASP and other actin-binding proteins facilitate filopodia initiation. She is building a stochastic model of filopodia initiation and is working on her concurrent M.S degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Ashley is passionate about gender equality in STEM and started the Girls Who Code @ UMN Club at the University of MN.
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Casey received a B.S. in organismic biology at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Oklahoma. After completing this, he pursued his M.S. under Dr. Sapna Das-Bradoo at NSU, where he investigated protein-protein interactions involved in DNA replication and genome stability. Currently, Casey is interested in finding potential binding partners of Talin and DdMyo7, two proteins that play a role in cellular adhesion.
Annika Schroder - Lab Technician
Annika graduated with her B.A. in Biology and Scandinavian Studies from the Gustavus in June 2019. She is studying filopodia formation amoeboid chemotaxis as a postbaccalaureate.
CBS Undergraduate Student
Hibo is an undergraduate student in College of Biological Sciences, majoring in biochemistry. Her project is to assess the role of Myosin VII on the organization of intestinal microvilli in the nematode, C. elegans.
Former Lab Members
Karl Petersen, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Curie in Paris, France
Laura Breshears, PhD - Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group
Stacy Buchholz, MBS - Project Manager at Upsher-Smith Laboratories
Shawn Galdeen, PhD - Biology Laboratory Manager, Carleton College
Jeff Baker, PhD - Senior Scientist in Product Development at BD Diagnostic Systems
Shunji Senda, PhD - Deputy General Manager at the Kanto Chemical Company
Kristine Novak, PhD - Science Editor, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Ben Binder, PhD - Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Augsburg University
Shellie Kieke, MS, PhD - Laboratory Genetic Counselor at Regions Hospital
Richard Tuxworth, PhD - Lecturer in Molecular Genetics, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
Joe Kelleher, PhD - Senior Director, Discovery Biology
Neal Gilksman, PhD - Senior Application Specialist at Molecular Devices
Michelle Peterson, PhD - Associate Professor at the Science and Mathematics Division in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Chi M. Fong, PhD, MBA - Healthcare Consultant
Livia Songster, BS - Graduate Student at UC San Diego
Alex McQuown, BS - Graduate Student at Harvard University
Hilary Bauer, BS - Medical Student at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester MN
Zoe Henrot, BS - Director and Founder of Ballet Co. Laboratory
Allison MacLean, BS - Assistant Scientist at the University of Minnesota Biomedical Genomics Center
Hannah Irwin, BS - Junior Scientist at the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design
Nicholas Sander, MS - Research Scientist at BioAmber Inc.
Daniel Johnsrud, MD - Internal Medicine Resident at Mayo Clinic
Sinziana Cornea, BS - Medical Student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anne Heun, MS - Genetic Counselor at Iowa Health in Des Moines, Iowa
Stephen Stephens - Senior Software Developer at Digiliti Money, Inc.
Kathleen S. Mahan, MD - Internal Medicine, U. Minnesota
Michael A. Mandell, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, U. New Mexico School of Medicine