It took COVID-19 to finally join and get our lab on
Looking forward to our new mode of communication and sharing new papers/pubs as they come across our radar.
June 3, 2020
We are appalled and disgusted by the recent murder of George Floyd and the systemic racism and police brutality that's been plaguing our country for ages.
We stand in solidarity and support with the protests, and the national cry for justice, real change and reform.
Black Lives Matter!
June 2, 2020
Iliana's paper on SEPT9 and dynein is submitted and live on
We are funded with the R35 grant GM136337 ($1,817,463) for five years from the
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
(NIH). Grateful to all current and past members of the lab that helped making this achievement possible. Looking forward to another five years of exciting science.
March 18, 2020
Lab suspends operations due to COVID-19. We will be working from home until further notice. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this challenging time. We will be analyzing data, writing papers and reviews remotely and meeting on-line.
March 5, 2020
Elias is visiting
in Vermont, hosted by friend and colleague Amie McClellan.
Check out this super cool video abstract that Kostas made with Science Sketches on his
Dec 10, 2019
Reuniting with lab alums Lee Dolat and Eva Karasmanis for ASCB lab dinner at
of the amazing Chef Jose Andres.
Dec 6, 2019
We are in Washington, DC for the 2019 annual meeting of ASCB/EMBO. Check out our four posters and two talks. Full schedule of our presentations as follows:
Talk (Room 207B – 6:35 pm) and poster (P487/B499) by Megan Radler
Poster (P154/B158) by Kostas Nakos
Talk by Iliana Kesisova (Room 145A – 5:55 pm)
Poster (P1882/B122)by Iliana Kesisova
Poster (P2416/B670) by Josh Okletey
Awesome news! R35 grant application receives the nearly perfect impact score of… 11! Woah! Humbled by the reviewers' response and all the hard work of current and previous members of the lab that led to this success. Time to celebrate and party!
We're on a streak of good news! Elias found that his application for a Drexel CURE grant from the PA Department of Health was selected for funding. The proposal is on Megan's neurite project – thank you and congrats Megan! - and in collaboration with
from the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and
from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. The project is slated to begin in the summer of 2020.
Sept 25, 2019
Kostas's and Megan's paper is now accepted in Molecular Biology of the Cell. Congratulations Kostas and Megan!
Sept 25, 2019
Megan Radler has been awarded a travel award from the Biology Department to attend the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology.
Sept 4, 2019
Exciting news: Megan's and Iliana's abstracts were picked for minisymposia talks at the 2019 annual meeting of ASCB! Woohoo!
Farewell dinner for Eva & Jimmy at
(authentic Turkish), which won us instantly with its amazing food and let us do (Megan's) jello shots for dessert! Good luck to Eva and Jimmy! Thankful for being part of our journey. We will miss you.
May 14, 2019
Kostas and Megan completed a
ion the regulation of microtubule plus end growth and EB1 binding by SEPT2/6/7 and it's now available on bioRxiv. Check it out!
Apr 25, 2019
Congrats Dr. Karasmanis! Eva has successfully defended her PhD. She's moving on to a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Sam Reck-Peterson (UCSD/HHMI).
Eva's graduating with a total of eight publications including first author research papers in Developmental Cell, Current Biology and Molecular Biology of the Cell. A total rock star, who will be sorely missed!
Undergraduate Brenna Doyle is joining us for a 6-month coop. Looking forward to working with Brenna. We always wanted a philosophy minor in the lab to talk about Michel Foucault's work along with neuronal cell biology.
Mar 12, 2019
from Yale University
Catch Dr. Bahmanyar's seminar "ER size and shape and its role in nuclear envelope dynamics" in PISB 104 at 3:30 pm. Shirin and Elias go back to their beginnings as a grad student and post-doc, respectively, in James Nelson's lab at Stanford in the early 2000s.
Mar 8, 2019
Eva is featured by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in a
Member News/Profile article by Mary Spiro.
Elias is a Co-Investigator on two CURE grant awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Health:
- Control of Actin Dynamics by Disease-linked Septin Isoforms and Mutants (PI: Shae Padrick)
- Human Organoid Technology as the Next Generation Approach to Examine Tau-based Mechanisms and Therapies for Gulf War Illness (PI: Oscar Liang)
We are in sunny San Diego for the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. We've got several poster presentations. Come find us to learn about our work.
Sunday: Iliana (B141/P1138) and Eva (B491/P1480)
Monday: Lou (B36/P1899)
Tuesday: Posters by Iliana(B139/P2902) and Eva (B235/P2895)
Oct 15, 2018
We welcome Joshua Okletey as our lab's new technician. Welcome aboard Josh!
Aug 23, 2018
Elias was awarded an equipment supplement of $134,195 from NIH/NIGMS for putting together a spinning disk confocal microscopy system with photomanipulation capabilities.
It's Gordon Research Conference season! Eva and Megan are attending the
Cell Biology of the Neuron
GRCin Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Eva is giving a talkon Monday morning and Megan is presenting a poster. Elias is attending and presenting posters at the Lysosomes & Endocytosis
(Proctor Academy, Andover, New Hampshire) and Cytoskeletal Motors (West Dover, Vermont) GRCs.
May 22, 2018
Congrats to Eva for being awarded the
2018 Drexel University Research Excellence Award the post-candidacy category. She's being awarded $750 and recognized at the Graduate Student Day awards ceremony on Thursday March31, 2018 at 4 pm in the Mitchell Auditorium.
May 4, 2018
Elias is awarded a 2018 Scholarly Material & Research Equipment Award ($30,000) for retrofitting an Olympus IX83 microscope with a spinning disk confocal scan head.
Apr 15, 2018
We welcome Harini Sreenivasappa as the new manager of the Cell Imaging Center.Harini is joining us from Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) where she did her PhD and post-doctoral studies in the lab of
Dr. Andreea Trache.
Feb 2, 2018
Elias has been awarded a CURE grant for the project "Role of SEPT9 in breast cancer metastasis", a collaboration with the lab of
Dr. Mauricio Reginato (Co-Investigator) at Drexel College of Medicine.