I am interested in how organisms develop. Research projects in my group are focused around two critical areas of biology that are required for the proper development of any organism: cell division and cell movement. Projects focused on cell division include: (1) Mitotic spindle assembly in sea urchin eggs and (2) Mitochondrial replication and segregation in yeast cells. The project focused on cell movement (3) is centered on understanding motor protein function in slime mold cells. Students working on these projects use a variety of scientific approaches and learn molecular biology, cell biology and biochemical techniques.