Assistant Professor of BiologyTaylor Science Center 2083
Natalie Nannas is investigating how cells correctly segregate their genetic material, focusing on how the spindle machinery is formed, how chromosomes attach to the spindle, and how the cell uses quality-control checkpoints to ensure correct division.
She earned a master's and doctorate from Harvard University, where her dissertation focused on the molecular genetics of cell division control and taught molecular biology. After her graduate work, Nannas was a plant genome National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Georgia, studying mechanisms of meiotic chromosome segregation. Also, she taught a course on plant genetics.
Recent Courses Taught
- Nannas N.J., Higgins D.M. and Dawe R.K. 2016. Anaphase asymmetry and dynamic repositioning of the division plane during maize meiosis. Journal of Cell Science.
- Higgins D.M., Nannas N.J. and Dawe R.K. 2016. The maize Divergent spindle-1 (dv1) gene encodes a kinesin-14A motor protein required for meiotic spindle pole organization. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1277.
- Nannas N.J. and Dawe R.K. 2015. Genetic and genomic toolbox of Zea mays. Genetics, 199(3): 655-69. PMID: 25740912.
- Nannas N.J., O'Toole E.T., Winey M. and Murray A.W. 2014. Chromosomal attachments set length and microtubule number in the S.cerevisiae mitotic spindle. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 25(25): 4034-48.
- Nannas N.J. and Murray A.W. 2014. Tethering sister chromatids to each other suggests that the spindle checkpoint responds to stretch within the kinetochore. PLoS Genetics, 10(8): e1004492, PMID: 25101645.
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Society for Cell Biologists
American Society for Plant Biologists
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Phi Beta Kappa
Appointed to the Faculty: 2017
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
B.A., Grinnell College