Current Lab Members

Chris Turner, Ph.D

SUNY Distinguished Professor

BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield, UK, 1983

Ph.D in Cell Biology, University of Oxford, UK, 1986

Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill, !987

Joined the faculty at Upstate Medical University in 1991. 

While working as a postdoc. I discovered, and named the protein Paxillin. Our ongoing research over the past nearly 30 years has identified paxillin and its close relative Hic-5 as key focal adhesion adapter proteins that facilitate and coordinate cell communication with the extracellular environment to regulate cytoskeleton remodeling, cell motility, tissue morphogenesis and cancer progression.

Weiyi Xu, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Weiyi was a graduate student in the lab and recently successfully defended her PhD thesis. She is continuing her studies on the role of paxillin in mammy gland morphogenesis, cell-cell adhesion signaling and breast cancer progression using paxillin KO mice.

Nicholas Zehrbach, BS

Graduate Student

Nicholas is investigating the role of paxillin in the regulation of microtubule acetylation and protein trafficking.

Kyle Alpha, BS

Graduate Student (MD/Ph.D)

Kyle is investigating the role of paxillin in regulating actin cytoskeleton dynamics and breast cancer progression and the role of Hic-5 in stromal matrix remodeling.

Ben Capella, BS
Graduate Student 

Ben is exploring actin-intermediate filament crosstalk in CAFs

Katia Brock, BS
Graduate Student

Katia is studying vimentin organization and function in relation to focal adhesions using BioID

Grant Brennan, BS
Research Support Specialist

Grant is the newest member of the lab, coming from James Madison University, where he studied Biotechnology.