Current Lab Members

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.


Casey Eddington

Graduate Student
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.



Amy Crawford- Lab Technician

Amy graduated with her B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a Minor in Music & Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in June 2020.  She is studying the role of myosin in filopodia formation in amoeboid cells as a postbaccalaureate. 

Maham Zia - Lab Technician

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Maham graduated with her B.A. in Physics from Reed College in May 2020.  She is studying the role of filopodia in sensing the cell's environment as a postbaccalaureate. 










Former Lab Members

Graduate Students:

Ashley Arthur, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University
    Howard Lab

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


Postdoctoral Fellows:

Taylor Harding, PhD - Computational Biologist  - Tempus

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 


Lab Technicians:

Annika Schroder, BS - Graduate Student at Northwestern U

Livia Songster, BS - Graduate Student at UC San Diego, NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    Reck-Peterson Lab, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Section of Cell and Developmental Biology,
     Division of Biological Sciences

Alex McQuown, BS - Graduate Student at Harvard University, NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    Denic Lab, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard U

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