Conventional actins play a role in nearly all cellular processes, but many organisms also contain divergent actins with some degree of sequence variance. The unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii contains two actin genes: IDA5, a conventional actin that is 89% homologous to rabbit skeletal muscle actin; and NAP1,a divergent actin with only about 65% homology to conventional actin. In my work, I'm seeking to identify the distinct functions of these two actins through biochemical approaches, as well as in the Chlamydomonas cell.
- American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) 2018 - Poster Presentation: "Arp2/3 can nucleate filaments of a divergent actin with few conserved Arp2/3 binding residues"
- Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Symposium 2017 - Poster Presentation: "Myopalladin's Role in Cardiac Muscle Function and Disease"
- Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) 2017 - Poster Presentation: "Myopalladin's Role in Cardiac Muscle Function and Disease"