The Ohi Lab


lab folk

Puck Ohi, Ph. D. - PI

I received my B. S. in Molecular Biology (now the Biological Sciences Department) at Vanderbilt University in 1993. As an undergrad, I was indoctrinated in the ways of yeast cell biology under the excellent tutelage of Kathy Gould and continued on in her lab as a graduate student in the Vanderbilt IGP. My thesis work involved examining the function of the fission yeast Cdc5 protein (not to be confused with the Cdc5 Polo kinase in budding yeast), an essential splicing factor. During this period, I developed an interest in the cytoskeleton and went to Tim Mitchison’s lab at Harvard Medical School in 1999 for post-doctoral training. The Mitchison lab super-charged my obsession with the microtubule cytoskeleton and mitosis. In 2007, I returned to the Cell and Developmental Biology department at Vanderbilt as an Assistant Professor.

Chauca English - RA II

Chauca recieved her B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997. She came to the Ohi lab in 2007 from Chris Berger’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Vermont. In the lab, Chauca keeps us running and is a jack-of-all-trades. But she excels at insect cell work, protein biochemistry, and is our go-to person for Xenopus extract preparations and organ preps.

Yaqing Du, Ph. D. - Research Fellow

Yaqing completed her undergraduate and master’s degree studies at Sun Yat-Sen University in China. For her graduate training, she worked with Kelly Dawe in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia. There, she focused on kinetochore biology, examining the recruitment mechanisms of CENP-C and the Ndc80 complex. Yaqing joined the Ohi lab in 2009, and is currently studying the function of Kif18A at kinetochore-microtubule plus ends.

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Sophia Gayek - Graduate Student

Sophia received her bachelor’s degree in 2009 at the College of William and Mary with a double major in Biology and Latin. She started her graduate studies in the Vanderbilt IGP in 2009, and joined the Ohi lab in 2010. Her research is focused on the formation and function of kinetochore-microtubules during mitosis in vertebrate cells.

Emma Sturgill - Graduate Student

Emma received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry from Emory and Henry College in 2009, and entered the Vanderbilt IGP later that year. She joined the Ohi lab in 2010, and is studying the mechanics and regulation of bipolar spindle assembly in animal cells.