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Junior Faculty

Alexandra Surcel, Ph.D.

Alexandra Surcel, Ph.D.

Selected Publications:
Bai H, Zhu Q, Surcel A, Luo T, Ren Y, Guan B, Liu Y, Wu N, Joseph NE, Wang T-L, Zhang N, Pan D, Alpini G, Robinson DN, Anders RA. Yes-Associated Protein impacts adherens junction assembly through regulating actin cytoskeleton organization. Am. J. Physiol. – Gastrointest. Liver Phys. 2016; In press.
Surcel A, Ng W-P, West-Foyle H, Zhu Q, Ren Y, Avery L, Krenc AK, Meyers D, Rock RS, Anders RA, Freel Meyers C, Robinson DN*. Pharmacological activation of myosin II paralogs to correct cell mechanics defects. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2015; 112(5): 1428-1433. 
Ren Y, West-Foyle H, Surcel A, Miller C, Robinson DN. Genetic suppression of a phosphomimic myosin II identifies system-level factors promoting myosin II cleavage furrow accumulation. Mol. Biol. Cell. 2014; 25: 4150-4165.
Zhou Q, Kee Y-S, Poirier CC, Jelinek C, Osborne J, Divi S, Surcel A, Tran ME, Eggert US, Müller-Taubenberger A, Iglesias PA, Cotter RJ, Robinson DN. 14-3-3 coordinates microtubules, Rac, and myosin II to control cell mechanics and cytokinesis. Curr. Biol. 2010; 20:1881-1889.

Se Yeon Chung, Ph.D.

Se Yeon Chung, Ph.D.

Selected Publications:
Chung S, Kim S, and Andrew DJ. 2017. Uncoupling apical constriction from tissue invagination. Elife Mar6;6. pii: e22235. doi: 10.7554/eLife.22235. PMCID: PMC5338918
Chung, S.-Y. and Andrew, D.J. (2014)  Building and specializing epithelial tubular organs:  the Drosophila salivary gland as a model system for revealing how epithelial organs are specified, form and specialize.  Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 3:281-300. PMID: 25208491   
Chung, S.-Y. and Andrew, D.J. (2014) Cadherin 99C regulates apical expansion and cell rearrangement during epithelial tube elongation. Development 141:1950-1960. PMID: 24718992
Chung, S.-Y., Chavez, C. and Andrew, D.J. (2011) Trachealess (Trh) regulates all tracheal genes during Drosophila embryogenesis. Developmental Biology 360: 160-172. PMID: 21963537
Chung, S.-Y., Vining, M.S., Bradley, P.L., Chan, C.-C., Wharton, K.A. and Andrew, D.J. (2009) Serrano (Sano) functions with the planar cell polarity genes to control tracheal tube length. PLoS Genetics 5(11): e1000746. PMID: 19956736.

Wei Shao, Ph.D.

Wei Shao, Ph.D.

Selected Publications:
Shao W, Machamer CE, Espenshade PJ. 2016. Fatostatin blocks ER exit of SCAP but inhibits cell growth in a SCAP-independent manner. J Lipid Res. 2016 Jun 20. pii: jlr.M069583. [Epub ahead of print]
Burr R, Stewart EV, Shao W, Zhao S, Hannibal-Bach HK, Ejsing CS, Espenshade PJ. 2016. Mga2 Transcription Factor Regulates an Oxygen-responsive Lipid Homeostasis Pathway in Fission Yeast. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jun 3;291(23):12171-83. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.723650. Epub 2016 Apr 6.
Shao W, Espenshade PJ. 2015. Sugar Makes Fat by Talking to SCAP. Cancer Cell. 2015 Nov 9;28(5):548-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2015.10.011.
Gong X, Li J, Shao W, Wu J, Qian H, Ren R, Espenshade PJ*, Nieng Y*. 2015. Crystal structure of the WD40 domain of SCAP from fission yeast reveals the molecular basis for SREBP recognition. Cell Research 25:401-11. PMCID: PMC4387560  
Shao W, Espenshade PJ. 2014. Sterol Regulatory Element-binding Protein (SREBP) cleavage regulates Golgi-to-Endoplasmic Reticulum recycling of SREBP Cleavage-activating Protein (SCAP). J. Biol. Chem. 289:7547-7557.
Shao W, Espenshade PJ. 2012. Expanding roles for SREBP in metabolism. Cell Met. 16:414-419.

Eric Spear, Ph.D.

Eric Spear, Ph.D.

Selected Publications:
Maurer, M.J., Spear, E.D., Yu, A.T., Lee, E.J., Shahzad, S, and Michaelis, S.  (2016)  Degradation signals for ubiquitin-proteasome dependent cytosolic protein quality control (CytoQC) in yeast. (2016) G3:Genes, Genomes, Genetics (Epub ahead of print) (In Press).

Margaret (Maggie) De Cuevas, Ph.D.

Margaret (Maggie) De Cuevas, Ph.D.

Selected Publications:
Ma Q, de Cuevas M, Matunis EL. Chinmo is sufficient to induce male fate in somatic cells of the adult Drosophila ovary. Development. 2016 Mar 1;143(5):754-63. doi: 10.1242/dev.129627. 
Greenspan LJ, de Cuevas M, Matunis E. Genetics of gonadal stem cell renewal. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2015;31:291-315. doi: 10.1146/annurev-cellbio-100913-013344. 
Hetie, P., de Cuevas, M. and Matunis, E.  2014.  Conversion of Quiescent Niche Cells to Somatic Stem Cells Causes Ectopic Niche Formation in the Drosophila Testis. Cell Reports 7, 715-721.
Matunis EL, Stine RR, de Cuevas M.  2012.  Recent advances in Drosophila male germline stem cell biology.  Spermatogenesis 2: 137-144.  PMID: 23087833.
de Cuevas, M., Matunis, E. L.  2011.  The stem cell niche: Lessons from the Drosophila testis.  Development 14:2861-2969.  
Issigonis, M., Tulina, N., de Cuevas, M., Brawley, C., Sandler, L., Matunis, E. 2009.  JAK-STAT signal inhibition regulates competition within the Drosophila testis stem cell niche.  Science 326:153-6.