New manuscript from the lab on bioRxiv

Our study “Bimodal Spindle Orientation Drives Tissue Regularity in a Proliferating Epithelium” shows that planar division orientation in a proliferating epithelium is not predicted by cell shape and does not require the canonical spindle orienting machinery. We did this work in cooperation with Alex Fletcher at the University of Sheffield and the Oakes lab at the U of R. We’ve just put the preprint up on bioRxiv.

Welcome Ty-Asia

We’re happy to welcome Ty-Asia to the lab. After only a few minutes in the lab, she has already impressed us very much (see picture). Ty-Asia will be working with Nicole this summer.

Welcome Naz

We’re happy to welcome Naz √únsal (on the right), who will be working with us this summer. Naz is visiting from Istanbul, where she has just finished her third year at Yeditepe University.


Dash joins the lab!

Dashiell (Daxiang) Na has returned to the lab to undertake his PhD work. Dash did undergraduate and graduate work at the Peking University Health Science Center, then earned a Master’s Degree working in the Rosbash lab at Brandeis before coming to Rochester.

Tyler in particular could not be happier to see him back in the lab.

Nicole joins the lab!

We are excited to officially (finally) welcome our very first graduate student, Nicole Shona Dawney, to the lab. A native of the Isle of Sheppey, a tropical paradise off the coast of Kent, Nicole earned her undergraduate degree at the University of York, then spent a couple of years in research at the University of Cambridge.

Nicole’s top-secret project will be to study cell division and the control of spindle orientation in intestinal organoids.

Congratulations Holly!

We are super happy for our friend Holly Lovegrove, who has been awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her work on cell division in vertebrate cells and tissues. This prestigious award reflects the judgement of a distinguished panel of scientists, who correctly concluded that Holly is great.