Julie Rodriguez, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

I am currently doing my Master's in Lynne Quarmby's lab where I study deflagellation in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. I first came to the Quarmby Lab as a volunteer in the summer of 2009. I did both my BISC 498 and ISS research projects on the Chlamydomonas Katanin homologs KAT1 and KAT2. The Katanin proteins are part of the superfamily of AAA microtubule severing enzymes which are believed to sever the 9 outer doublet microtubules of the flagellar axoneme during deflagellation.

For my Master's I am working on identifying the acid deflagellation gene ADF1 and a potential suppresor in the deflagellation pathway. The Quarmby lab previously identified six mutant alleles of ADF1 which prevent deflagellation upon addition of a weak acid by inhibiting extracellular calcium influx, a requirement for deflagellation. 

I am originally from Honduras a small country in Central America, I moved to Canada with my mother and sister when I was 8 years old. My future goals are to continue in research and go to medical school. I like to watch movies, spend time with friends and cheer on the Vancouver Canucks whenever I can.