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

      B.S. University of Missouri - Kansas City 2006 

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

      Postdoc. Northwestern University 2013-2019

Marilena Marilena Currey - Laboratory Technician - B.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Marilena is building the Micromanipulation Microscope 2.0 with the help of Vis. Mari will be performing micromanipulation force measurement experiments of isolated nuclei to determine the separate contributions of chromatin and lamin mechanics in nuclei under different conditions.

 

Jimena Jimena Collado - Undergraduate Researcher -

 Jimena is currently leading a once small team, now growing into a large collaboration, to develop analysis of the dynamics that occur during 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 - Undergraduate Researcher - 

 Cameron is currently aiding image analysis of nuclear blebbing in rupture dynamics for many ongoing projects. Specifically, she is interrogating the relationship between DNA damage and nuclear blebbing. 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 -

  Mai is currently a leading author investigating the nuclear rupture dynamics mechanisms and consequences for different nuclear perturbations.

 

 

Aachal  Aachal Gunda - Undergraduate Researcher -

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

 

 

Anya  Anya Lavallee - Undergraduate Researcher -

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

 

 

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