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
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
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
Ben recently joined the lab and is exploring actin-intermediate filament crosstalk in CAFs
Katia Brock, BS
Katia recently joined the lab and is studying vimentin organization and function in relation to focal adhesions
Liz Luke, BS, MS
Research Support Specialist
In addition to keeping the lab running smoothly, Liz is exploring the paxillin and Hic-5 interactomes using BioID and KO cells.