Our Lab

Nick Berbari

We have recently set up our lab at IUPUI. Our research is focused broadly on the roles of cilia in health and disease. We are particularly interested in the roles of cilia in the brain. Our current interest is in how cilia in the central nervous system can impact feeding behavior. I am also a director of the Molecular Biology and Genetics lecture course (K322) and laboratory course (K323).











Staci

I am a post-doc in the postdoctoral research and teaching program. My projects are focused on understanding the roles of cilia in appetite and satiety. I also am involved in developing new curriculum for the genetics laboratory courses.













Ruchi

I recently received a Master’s in Medical Genetics from IUSM. I’m a part time technician working on developing cultured primary neurons from the hypothalamus as a system to study primary neuronal signaling. I am also involved in a polycystic kidney disease project looking at the in vivo efficacy of candidate drugs and therapeutics.













Mark

I’m a part-time technician helping to maintain the mouse colony while training to become a fire fighter.













Patrick

I am a Phd student in the department of biology. One of my projects focuses on using cell type-specific transcriptomics to explore pathways critical for the regulation of food intake and energy homeostasis in POMC neurons of the hypothalamus.













Logan

I'm an undergraduate at IUPUI in the Biology and Bioinformatics programs. I'm currently working with a mouse model of Bardet-Bield Syndrome trying to determine if there are changes in neuronal populations within the hypothalamus that might impact the obesity phenotype.













Jonathan

I’m an undergraduate at MIT. My research projects are focused on understanding the relationship between the actin cytoskeleton and primary cilia associated signaling.







Lauryn

I’m an undergraduate at the University of Indianapolis. I am helping to develop lab curriculum utilizing c. elegans for an undergraduate genetics lab course.







Melissa

I’m a Biology major at IUPUI in the URM program. I am looking at how pharmacological manipulation of hedgehog signaling can influence the actin cytoskeleton.