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Stephanie C. Ems-McClung, , PhD
Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences Program
I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.S. in Biology in 1991 and then graduated from the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis with a Ph.D. in 1998. I came to Claire Walczak’s lab in 2001 as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to Research Asst. Professor in 2005. My interests are in the biochemical mechanisms that regulate molecular motor proteins that affect cytoskeletal dynamics. I love applying diverse biochemical and biophysical approaches to answer fundamental questions about how cells assemble the mitotic spindle to properly segregate their chromosomes. I am also deeply interested in how protein structure coordinates biochemical activity of proteins.
Spindle assembly, molecular motor activity and how they organize microtubules within the spindle, kinetochore function, and protein structure function relationships