Chlamy in the movies
We are happy that some scenes were shot in our culture and microscope room
Just accepted for eLife
"Chlamydomonas ARMC2/PF27 is an obligate cargo adapter for intraflagellar transport of radial spokes" by Karl Lechtreck@#, Yi Liu@, Jin Dai, Rama A. Alkhofash, Jack Butler, Lea Alford, and Pinfen Yang# (@co-first authors; #co-corresponding authors). The immunofluorescence image shows acetylated tubulin in green and the radial spoke subunit RSP3 in red. Nice news on the first (working) day of the new year.
New Year! New Job?
We have positions for graduate students, postdocs and technicians!
Inquiries to Karl Lechtreck firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays from us to the World
Jack and Karl during the 24th Christmas finale, both dressed for the occasion.
Lab dinner @ Karl's place
After another year of hard work, it is time to celebrate !
from left to right: Ashley Artis (ILS rotation student), Dr. Barbara Mattes, Poulomi Das (Graduate student), Gui Zhang (Lab manager), Jack Butler (Research Associate), Betlehem Mekonnen (Undergraduate Researcher), Rama Alkhofash (Undergraduate Researcher), Hannah Nguyen (Work-study student), and Sahana Saravanan (Undergraduate Researcher). A strong team !
Outreach at Barrow Elementary School (October 21, 2021)
Visiting the 5th Graders at Barrow Elementary School for four hours of fun and science and nothing but fun and science. Poulomi Das, Jack Butler, Karl Lechtreck, Betlehem Mekonnen, and Gui Zhang.
19th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas (Ile des Embiez, France)
Karl Lechtreck presented our work on ARMC2, an adapter for IFT of radial spokes.
Lab picnic at Watson Mill Bridge State Park (June 19, 2021)
Lab members with friends and family met for a cookout with freshly made dumplings (!), BBQ etc. until a thunderstorm drove us all home.
George B. Witman symposium
Beautiful Zoom event on January 20, 2021 (organized by Greg Pazour and Steve King)
January 6, 2021: A beautiful day in Georgia! No surprises in DC.
The end or just the beginning? Why do we still have a commencement prayer at UGA?
It's official. And here are the pictures to prove it.
Jin Dai Ph.D. 2020
Kewei Yu M.S. 2020
(with her parents)
Congratulations to Dr. Jin Dai!
Jin Dai defended his thesis with great success on December 4, 2020.
In fall, finally some good news (besides Nov 4):
Kewei Yu's paper on CAH6, the first biochemical marker of the Chlamydomonas trans-flagellum is published in PlosOne!
A new NIH R01 supports our research on Chlamydomonas PKD2!
The big farewell !
Peiwei Liu, Kewei Yu, and Jenna Wingfield move on to new missions!
Karl Lechtreck presents at the 8th UK Cilia eSymposium
Go, Pleasantine, go!
Microtubules: From atoms to systems (EMBO/EMBL symposium) June 3 - 6, 2020.
4 am discussion with Maureen Barr, Philippe Bastin, Sudarshan Gadadhar, Nathalie Spassky, Guangshuo Ou, and Freddy Frischknecht. The meeting (and the bore of the shut-down) rekindled our interest in tubulin transport (manuscript had been sleeping on BioRxiv for a few years) and we finally finished and published our story on tubulin diffusion vs. IFT in the Journal of Cell Science.
Our Spring graduates Kewei Yu and Jenna Wingfield
First lab meeting by Zoom
Peiwei reports on the assembly of PKD2 compartments in cilia
Congratulations Master Kewei Yu and Doctor Jenna L. Wingfield!
Kewei and Jenna defended on April 8 and April 10, respectively, via Zoom in times of Covid19.
Accepted for publication in the JCB!
Liu, P., Lou, X., Wingfield, J.L., Lin, J., Nicastro, D. and Lechtreck, K.-F. (2020)
Chlamydomonas PKD2 organizes mastigonemes, hair-like glycoprotein polymers on cilia.
Happy 2020 for the Lechtreck lab. May your wildest dreams come true.
Fall 2019 - Farewell dinner for Ilaria Mengoni
Cell-a-bration Barrow Elementary School 2019
(drawings from student notebook)
(from top left): Jenna Wingfield discussing her poster on IFT turnaround at the tip with Anthony Roberts (UK), Peiwei Liu presenting his data on polycystin-2, Jin Dai giving his paper Arl13, and Kewei Yu with Susan Dutcher (WashU) at her poster on flagellar asymmetry. Peiwei Liu, Jenna Wingfield, and Kewei Yu received awards for their presentations.
Celebrating 50 years Apollo 11 (not Area 51)
from left: Kewei Yu (Enterprise), Jenna Wingfield (Saturn 5), Jin Dai (Stormtrooper), Ilaria Mengoni (Moon), Karl Lechtreck (E.T.), and Peiwei Liu (Eagle) in our microscope room
Summer lab party
Master Dipna and family
May 10, 2019
Dipna Venkatachalam graduates.
After four years of golden service to the lab Shannon Freeland will move on to Mercer University School of Medicine.
Dipna Venkatachalam completed her MS on April 18, 2019.
February 13, 2019: Our NIH proposal "Regulation of protein transport in cilia" was renewed!
Come drive with us: Chlamydomonas - the Mercedes among the cilia models.
Merry Christmas from the Lechtreck lab
ASCB/EMBO meeting 2018 San Diego
Karl Lechtreck gave a paper in the CILIA SIGNALING special interest subgroup; Jenna Wingfield presented a poster.
CBIO3400 end-of-class party
Julie Stanton and Karl Lechtreck presenting the "THE CELL" cake and the students of CBIO3400.
Cell-a-Bration at Barrow Elementary School
The Barrow Fifth Graders with Dr. Ilaria Mengoni, James Anderson, Dr. Karl Lechtreck, Manashree Malpe, and Dr. Yuyang Jiang. And the Creepy Crawlers (aka protists) from UGA's turtle pond.
Visit to Dove Creek Elementary School
Dove Creek Fifth Graders with Dr. Ilaria Mengoni, Jin Dai, and Jenna Wingfield
We welcome Kewei Yu for her rotation in the lab.
Department of Cellular Biology
Jin Dai's paper on outer dynein arm transport published in MBoC. Congratulations!
Dai, J., Barbieri, F., Mitchell, D.R., and Lechtreck, K.-F. (2018). In vivo analysis of outer arm dynein transport reveals cargo-specific IFT properties. Mol. Biol. Cell Aug 22:mbcE18050291.
Our study on radial spoke assembly is published!
In vivo analyses of radial spoke transport, assembly, repair and maintenance radial spoke transport (2018). by Karl F. Lechtreck, Ilaria Mengoni, Batare Okivie, and Kiersten B. Hilderhoff. Cytoskeleton August 1.
18th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF CHLAMYDOMONAS, Washington DC, June 17 - 21, 2018
Jin Dai and Peiwei Liu presented posters, Karl Lechtreck gave a paper at Chlamy2018.
Karl Lechtreck visits Tianjin University of Science and Technology (TEDA) and Tsinghua University (Beijing)
Farewell for Aaron and Penny
At the Potter-Convention
Congratulations to Dr. Harris and Dr. Louka !
Aaron Harris and Panagiota "Penny" Louka (Gaertig lab) successfully defended their theses on Mar 26 and Apr 6.
Gehrig and Kiersten moving on.
After spending several terms as undergraduate researchers in the lab working on Chlamydomonas mutants, Gehrig Broxton and Kiersten Hilderhoff will graduate soon.
After 3 long years, our study on radial spoke assembly nears completion.
Live image of mCherry-RSP3 RSP-sfGFP chimeric zygotes obtained by mating
Dr. Mengoni using balloon "Chlamys" to explain the generation of 2-color chimeras
Happy New Year!
Up to an icy start - temperatures in the microcope room fluctuate by up to 9 C! Main water pipe to science hill broke. Thank you President Trump for stopping global warming! Such a big button. The president appearently suffers from LMS (Liddle Man syndrome). I can tell because I'm affected myself. Karl
December 22: It's proceeding!
Peiwei Liu's paper on BBSome-dependent protein transport has been accepted in PNAS. Congratulations!
November 3: Cell-a-bration at Barrow Elementary School
Dipna Venkatachalam, Jenna Wingfield, Ilaria Mengoni, Aaron Harris and Karl Lechtreck visited Barrow School for hands-on science and microscopy classes for 5th graders. Once a Barrow Buddy, always a Barrow Buddy!
Evening sun on the BioSci Bldg roof.
August 21, 2017 - the path of totality.
FASEB Science Research Conference "Biology of Cilia and Flagella"
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence"
Dipna Venkatachalam, Peiwei Liu, Jenna Wingfield, and Karl Lechtreck presented posters and papers at the FASEB meeting in Scottsdale Arizona. Images were taken in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the new Scottsdale OdySea Aquarium. Karl will co-organize the FASEB meetings in 2019 and 2011.
SEER Award for Jenna Wingfield
for her PechaKucha-style presentation on faculty professional training and its application in STEM education - awarded by UGA's 'Scientists Engaged in Education Research (SEER)'.
Karl Lechtreck is tenured!
with Provost Pamella Whitten and President Jere Morehead at UGA's PnT reception, May 2017.
5/16/2017: Jenna Wingfield's paper accepted in eLIFE!
"IFT trains in different stages of assembly queue at the ciliary base for consecutive release into the cilium"
Aaron Harris - 2017 Teaching Award
and some sweet rewards from the CBIO3400 class in form of '9+2', '9+0', and 'microtubular transport' cupcakes.
Gehrig Broxton presents at the CURO symposium
Gehrig presenting his poster on an OFD1 mutant in Chlamydomonas to Dr. Mark Farmer.
Farewell for Francesco
Francesco Barbieri from Università degli studi di Siena returns home in March. But not before a nice glass of green algae.
By Jenna Wingfield, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D Student, Cellular Biology
Visitors from UWG
Kevin Nguyen, DaliDavis, Ja'Von Swint from University of Western Georgia visited the lab on March 20/21.
Fresh from the Graduate School: Our own Aaron Harris received the 2017 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award! Congrats!
Spring brake lunch @ Pulaski Heights BBQ
Pulaski BBQ offers an inspiring backdrop for IFT train research. And they do smoked tofu and kimshi.
Visit to Mautusi Mitra (University of West Georgia)
Dinner with the Mitra lab. Collection of mostly Georgian fish at UWG.
It's a laboratory Christmas with Jenna Wingfield's amazing model organism ornaments.
Francesco Barbieri visits lab
We wecome Francesco Barbieri, a visiting Ph.D. student fromthe Lupetti laboratory at the Università degli studi di Siena, Italy. Francesco will work on cargo transport by IFT trains using a combination of TIRF imaging and electron microscopy. The kymograms document the fixation of an IFT train (IFT20-mCherry, red) while transporting an outer dyein arm (IC2-NG, green).
Jenna Wingfield wins the poster presentation award at the Chlamydomonas 2016 meeting, Kyoto, Japan !
Karl Lechtreck presented data on outer dynein arm transport in flagella and chaired session No. 8 and Jenna Wingfield presented her prize-winning poster at the 17th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas (69th Yamada Conference) in Kyoto, Japan.
The lab's end of term party
at Karl's place
Shannon Freeland - our very best student worker !
Shannon Freeland, student worker in the lab, and Karl Lechtreck at the Student Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon.
Chlamydomonas Resource Center new web site
Our photo of stained Chlamydomonas zygotes has been chosen as a banner of the new Chlamydomonas Resource Center website (http://www.chlamycollection.org/).
Happy 2016! May the Force be with you. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
(seen at JJ's fleamarket)
Dec 18, 2015: The one and only Julie M. Craft graduates. Congrats doctor!
Happy Holidays !
Fungal Christmas tree: Top: Taloromyces stipitatus, tree: Aspergillus nidulans, ornaments: Penicillium marneffei, trunk: Aspergillus terreus.
Fungal snowman: hat, eyes, mouth, buttons: Aspergillus niger; arms: Aspergillus nidulans; nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; body: Neosartorya fischeri.
Aaron Harris' paper on EB1 in cilia accepted for Mol. Biol. Cell ! Congratulations !
and presented his work at the 2015 ASCB meeting in San Diego !
EB1-mNeonGreen comets in C. reinhardtii revealing the dynamics of cell body microtubules (click on image).
Review on cargo transport by IFT published in TIBS.
"The Omnipresent Cilium - Structure, Signalling, and Motion"
Karl Lechtreck gives a paper at the 5th International caesar Conference on cilia.
September 25: visiting Barrow Elementary School for science classes
Celebrating US-Mexican Friendship
Welcome to our new lab member Ilaria Mengoni PhD
Dr. Ilaria Mengoni joined the lab on July 27. Ilaria received her PhD from the University of Bologna studying the role of Apolipoprotein E in brain function.
High in the mountains: FASEB conference on the "Biology of Cilia and Flagella" July 19-24, Snowmass, CO.
Most lab members (Julie Craft, Aaron Harris, Karl Lechtreck, and Peiwei Liu) participated in the FASEB conference; Karl Lechtreck presented a summary of the labs research, Julie Craft and Aaron Harris presented posters.
Riding the IFT train: White water rafting on the Colorado River.
June 22: Batare Okivie moves on.
After a year in the lab, Batare Okivie leaves for Drexel Univesity, College of Medicine, pre-medical program, Philadephia. But not before having a farewell party and beiing celebrated for excellent lab work. Her pet project, assembly and transport of radial spokes, will be taken over by Karl Lechtreck and Dr. Ilaria Mengoni.
Lab-outing to the UGA Marine Institut, Sapelo Island, GA (May 6-8)
Together with the Gaertig lab (Jacek Gaertig, Mayukh Guha, Yuyang 'Patrick' Jiang, Panagiotta Louka) and students from the Eggenschwiler lab (Ashley Snouffer, Jonathon Walsh)
we visited the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island for a 3-day science retreat. Presentations by graduate studetns, postdocs,and technicians were mixed with beach time, bike rides, and cooking.
Gordon Research Conference on Cilia, Mucus, and Mucociliary Interactions
Craft, J.M., Harris, J.A., Hyman, S., Kner, P., and Lechtreck, K.-F. (2015). Tubulin Transport by IFT is Upregulated during Ciliary Growth by a Cilium-autonomous Mechanism. J. Cell Biol. 208:223-37
The work will be highlighted by a JCB biosights video on January 19, 2015.
Great news: Julie Craft's paper on tubulin transport has been accepted by the Journal of Cell Biology.
Julie Craft and Aaron Harris presented their work on tubulin transport at this years ASCB meeting in Philadelphia.
Karl Lechtreck presented at CILIA2014 in Paris.
Sebastian Hyman heads of to Mercer University School of Medicine
(after handing the golden pipette over to Batare Okivie, receiving his reward, possing one last time with his Joels. Gone but not forgotten.)
16th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas, June 8 - 13, 2014, Asilomar CA
Julie Craft presenting her work on tubulin transport in flagella
Welcome to our summer students
Heather Bomberger (Virginia Tech) and Aachi Kalra (Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA) spend the summer in the lab on research interships.
Heather Bomberger, a sophomore in Biological Systems Engineering and minoring in Scieneering, participates in the NSF-sponsored REU program “Interdisciplinary Research Experience of Nanotechnology and Biomedicine” at UGA. Her project "Quantitative Analysis of Intraflagellar Protein Transport” is co-mentored by Dr. Peter Kner from UGA's College of Engineering.
Aachi Kalra participates in UGA's Young Dawgs programm, a high school internship program designed to prepare high-achieving high school juniors and seniors for post-secondary education and future careers in their areas of interest. Aachi Kalra is interested in biomedicine; during her intership she will rescue the ift54-1 mutant using a GFP-tagged IFT54 transgene.
Fiona Bell and Deep Patel, the first undergraduates to join the lab in 2012, have graduated.
Our lab in the 6th floor annex of the Biological Science Building, built in a former green house.