My research focuses on septins, or cytoskeletal proteins which have been implicated in a number of cellular processes, from protein-recruitment to cell-cycle regulation. I have two major thesis projects: The first involves extracting and purifying septin proteins, in order to conduct in-vitro assays and elucidate their structures. The second project is utilizing forward genetics techniques, in the model organism Aspergillus nidulans, to identify suppressor mutations in septin deletion strains. The goal of my research is to expand upon the basic understanding and significance of these proteins in the field of cellular & molecular biology.
Faculty Retreat at the The Ridges Resort (2017).
PBIO grad student David Higgins counts down for Grad students Ilkay Doerter, Lauren Eserman, and Jess Stephens to begin the egg-and-spoon race at the Graduate Student Field Day (April, 2015)
Grad Student - Uma Nagendra
Uma Nagendra is the overall winner of 2014 “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest. http://news.sciencemag.org/people-events/2014/11/dance-your-ph-d-winner-announced
Grad Student - Katie Putney
PBIO grad student Katie Putney and former Chang lab technician Grant Lor set up a field experiment for former PBIO grad student Bryan Quigly (May 2013)
Grad Student - Rishi Masalia
Science Café co-founder and graduate student Rishi Masalia as featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine (2014).