GDCB Seminar

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 4:10pm
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How do cells divide, and why do they do it so beautifully?

Ahna Skop
University of Wisconsin, Madison

My lab seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie asymmetric cell division during embryonic development using the nematode, C. elegans. Failures in cell division often lead to birth defects, age--related neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. I will describe some recent data on the role of neurodegenerative disease--‐associated RNA binding proteins during mitosis and the possible role for RNAs during cytokinesis. Understanding how cells divide is also highly dependent on in vivo microscopy and large amounts of visual data, which dovetails perfectly with one of my other passions, art. I will talk about how I use my science art to engage the public with support from the NSF.

Join us for refreshments in the MBB atrium at 3:45 PM before the seminar

Host: Jo Anne Powell--‐Coffman (

Dr. Skop will also be presenting a lecture at 7 PM on Monday, Sept 12 in the MU Sun Room as part of the ISU lecture series. The presentation on Monday is hosted by the LAS College, the GDCB Department, and the ISU SACNAS Chapter, and it is entitled “Too Creative for Science.” Dr. Skop will discuss her background in the arts and the role of art in scientific discovery.