Welcome to ASCB’s inaugural Emerging Researcher Talk Series. Speakers were selected from a review of high-ranking abstracts that were submitted but were not chosen for talks for the Cell Bio 2021 meeting. This is a virtual seminar series that will be broadcast live from February through November 2022.
Iowa State University
Tamara’s research is focused on deciphering the mechanism on how Kelch-like proteins affect the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) signaling and how their defects cause human diseases. She utilizes conditional knockdown or overexpression strategies in cultured cells in addition to generating Zebrafish (Danio rerio) knockout lines. Her goal is to identify targets for novel therapies to improve human health.
Yumi (Ida) Konagaya
A postdoc in the lab of Tobias Meyer at Weill Cornell, Yumi Konagaya (Ida) studies cell fate determination using live-cell imaging and single-cell analysis. She received her PhD from Kyoto University, where she developed a mouse line expressing a novel FRET reporter for AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity. She used this mouse line to study tissue- and cell-type specific effects of exercise and metformin treatment. Her current focus is to understand how cells decide to enter the cell cycle using live-cell reporters for cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and E2F. She is passionate about developing tools to investigate how signaling dynamics encode biological information.