Eric S. Folker, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator
Originally from Chicago, Eric earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Eric became interested in the phenomenon of moving nuclei late during his Ph.D. and moved to a postdoc with Gregg G. Gundersen at Columbia University to study the mechanisms of nuclear movement during cell migration. From there, Eric moved to Sloan-Kettering to focus on the movement of the nucleus during muscle development in the lab of Mary K. Baylies. Eric started as an Assistant Professor at Boston College in the Biology Department in 2013.
▸ Contact: eric.folker (at) bc.edu
Mary Ann Collins – Graduate Student
Originally from New Jersey, Mary Ann earned her B.S. and her M.S. in Chemical Biology from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2014. Mary Ann is currently studying mechanisms of nuclear movement during embryonic muscle development with a focus on how genes associated with Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM) and Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy (EDMD) impact nuclear positioning. She is also actively investigating how biophysical forces generated by various regulators of nuclear movement influence and act upon nuclei as they translocate.
▸ Contact: mary.collins.3 (at) bc.edu
Torrey Mandigo – Graduate Student
Originally from Vermont, Torrey earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Vermont in 2013. Torrey is currently investigating the mechanisms that maintain nuclei in their positions relative to one another during robust muscle growth.
▸ Contact: torrey.mandigo (at) bc.edu
Alexandra Burgess – Graduate Student
Originally from Massachusetts, Alex earned her B.S. in Neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. Alex is currently studying mechanisms of nuclear movement and microtubule organization with a focus on Dystrophin, a gene associated with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD).
▸ Contact: alexandra.burgess (at) bc.edu
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