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.
Alumnus - Jeffrey Cannon
Alumnus Jeffery Cannon during a field exercise for a Wildland Firefighter Course in Nashville, GA (2014).
Grad Student - Jess Stephens
Graduate student Jess Stephens with her study species in the genus Sarracenia (2016).
Athens Science Cafe
Crowd at the Athens Science Café with chef Hugh Acheson, Botanical Gardens, 2015
Research - Helianthus Seedlings
Helianthus annuus seedlings
Grad Student - Rishi Masalia
Science Café co-founder and graduate student Rishi Masalia as featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine (2014).