NEIL HATTERLSEY, POSTDOC
Neil grew up in Hertfordshire, England before moving to Birmingham to gain his degree. His Doctoral work was carried out in the lab of Ron Hay at the University of Dundee in Scotland and was focused on the regulation of the post-translational modification Sumoylation. In the Desai lab, Neil is interested in understanding the contributions of nuclear pore proteins to the execution and regulation of chromosome segregation and nuclear reformation. Specifically, his work has identified MEL-28/ELYS as a docking partner of Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1c) to direct these processes.
NATALIE HOLLINGSWORTH, GRADUATE STUDENT
Natalie comes from Tucson, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a B.A. in French. As an undergraduate, she worked in the laboratory of Greg Rogers, using Drosophila S2 cell culture to study the mechanisms controlling centrosome duplication. In 2015, she joined the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program and her research is currently supported by the Genetics Training Program at UC San Diego. Her work uses C. elegans to study the role of the nucleoporin MEL-28 in the meiotic spindle and nuclear formation, as well as how ZYG-1 controls centriole duplication. Natalie received support from the UCSD Genetics Training Grant.
PABLO LARA-GONZALEZ, POSTDOC
Pablo is from Chile, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the Universidad de Concepcion. He obtained his PhD at the University of Manchester, UK, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen S. Taylor, where he investigated the mechanisms by which cells partition their chromosomes accurately during cell division. He is currently a postdoc in the Desai lab, where he is studying how different cells in the body utilize different pathways to control cell division. For this, he is using C. elegans and human tissue culture cells as models, and employs high-resolution microscopy combined with genetics and biochemistry. Pablo is the recipient of a Pew Latin American fellowship.