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B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Physiology)
Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco (Physiology)
Postdoc, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

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Epithelial Junction

Epithelial cells cover human body cavities and line internal organs, providing protection from biological, chemical, and mechanical insults.  In vertebrates, the physiological functions of an epithelium require the assembly of a specialized intercellular structure known as the apical junction.

My laboratory focuses on 3 main topics surrounding the epithelial apical junction.  First, we aim to understand the role of the apical junction in providing adhesions between cells.   Second, we aim to understand the role of the apical junction in paracellular permeability and ion transport.  Third, we aim to dissect the molecular mechanism of junction remodeling.  The overall goal of the lab is to understand how the apical junction contributes to epithelial homeotasis and supports the physiological functions of epithelial tissues.

Honors & Awards

Research Career Award, NIDDK, NIH
LAS Impact Award, UIUC

Office Address

Dept. of Cell & Developmental Biology 
University of Illinois 
B107 CLSL 
601 S. Goodwin Avenue 
Urbana, IL 61801


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