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JOIN THE LAB!!! - The Stephens lab is seeking undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and research technicians to join our group which is growing (established January 2020). If you are interested please contact me by email andrew.stephens@umass.edu. 

drew      Andrew D. Stephens - PI - Assistant Professor Biology Department

      Postdoc. Northwestern University 2013-2019

      Ph. D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2013

      B.S. University of Missouri - Kansas City 2006 

 

MC Marilena Currey

Laboratory Technician, B.S. Biology B.A Spanish UMass Amherst 2021 - Portuguese minor, Spanish & Health Certificate, Pre-dental; Tufts School of Dental Medicine - 2026

 Marilena built the Micromanipulation Microscope 2.0 and performs micromanipulation force measurement experiments of isolated nuclei to determine the separate contributions of chromatin and lamin mechanics in nuclei under different conditions.

YB Yasmin Berrada

 Laboratory Technician, B.S. Biology UMass Amherst 2022, Pre-med

Yasmin is currently investigating the differences between DNA vs histone methylation in relation to nuclear morphology, compartmentalization, and function. 

 

Jimena Jimena Collado

 Undergraduate Researcher; Northwestern University Fineberg School of Medicine class 2026

 Jimena is currently lead author analyzing the dynamics of nuclear blebbing and rupture. She is a middle author as part of the 4D Nucleome NIH consortium to determine the role of HP1α in nuclear mechanics, morphology, and function via a novel auxin degradable version of this protein (Strom et al., eLife 2021).

 

Cameron Cameron Herman

 B.S. Northwestern University 2020, Masters in Biology, Lab Technician II

 Cameron is currently aiding image analysis of nuclear blebbing in rupture dynamics for many ongoing projects. Cameron pioneered analysis to show, for the first time, that cells with nuclear blebs have on average and consistently two-fold higher levels of DNA damage in our recent publication (Stephens and Liu, et al., MBoC 2019). More recently, she is a middle author as part of the 4D Nucleome NIH consortium to determine the role of HP1α in nuclear mechanics, morphology, and function via a novel auxin degradable version of this protein (Strom et al., eLife 2021)

Mai  Mai Pho

Undergraduate Researcher, Biology, Pre-med track

  Mai is currently a leading author investigating the nuclear rupture dynamics mechanisms and consequences for different nuclear perturbations (chromatin vs lamins) and actin contraction vs compression.

 

Aachal  Aachal Gunda

 Laboratory Technician, B.S UMass Amherst 2021 Biology, Pre-med 

  Aachal is currently investigating the nuclear rupture dynamics mechanisms and consequences for different nuclear perturbations.

 

 

Anya  Anya Lavallee

 Undergraduate Researcher, Class 2022 Biology with Psychology minor, Pre-med track

Anya is currently investigating the nuclear rupture dynamics mechanisms and consequences for different nuclear perturbations.

 

NENebiyat Eskndir

 Undergraduate Researcher, Class 2023 Biology minor in African American studies

 Nebiyat is currently investigating how nuclear mechanics, shape, rupture, and DNA damage are related in health and disease.

 

MH3

 Manseeb Hosssain

 Undergraduate Researcher, Class 2024 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pre-med track

 Manseeb is currently investigating how nuclear mechanics, shape, rupture, and DNA damage are related in health and disease.

 

KH20 Katie Huang

 Undergraduate Researcher, Class 2024 Biology, Pre-dental track

 Katie is currently using micromanipulation force measurements to determine how chromatin and lamins contribute to nuclear mechanical strength relevant to nuclear function and human disease.

 

AS Anish Shah

 Undergraduate Researcher, Class 2024 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pre-dental track

 Anish is currently using micromanipulation force measurements to determine how chromatin and lamins contribute to nuclear mechanical strength relevant to nuclear function and human disease.

 

SB

 Samantha Bunner

 Undergraduate Researcher, Class 2024 Biology

Sam is currently investigating how nuclear mechanics, shape, rupture, and DNA damage are related in health and disease.

 

Alumni

From UMass Amherst

Katherine Chiu - One middle author paper currently but was a major contributor to many projects during the start of the lab. Katherine single-handedly kept the lab running through the pandemic, an epic accomplishment. Katherine now works at Abbvie.

Varun Kandula - worked as a secondary researcher remotely writing code to analyze nuclear shape, currently an undergraduate at UC - Berkley.

Arimita Padam -  investigated the nuclear rupture dynamics mechanisms and consequences for different nuclear perturbations.

Undergraduates mentored as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University

Viswajit (Vis) Kandula - one middle author paper and built the Micromanipulation Microscope 1.5, currently still a consultant on software for the lab and in medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Patrick Z. Liu - co-first author and two middle author papers as an undergraduate and research technician,  currently a Marshall Fellow doing a Ph.D. at Oxford in Neurobiology

Undergraduates mentored as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Laura Fulbright - currently Research Assistant II at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Raymond A. Haggerty – middle author on three papers as an undergraduate researcher, currently a graduate student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chloe E. Snider – first author on one paper and middle author on four papers as an undergraduate researcher, currently a PostDoc at UPenn

Binny Chang M.D. - second author on one paper as an undergraduate researcher, currently at the University of South Dakota Internal Medicine Residency. M.D. from St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada