Morten joins the lab as a visiting Graduate Student from University of Oslo as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Morten is currently a Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Nikolai Engedal at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway. In Dr. Engedal's lab, Morten has studied the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) stess-induced autophagy as well as developed innovative methods to study autophagic flux. His Fulbright project in the Mancias lab will focus on the role of selective autophagy in the ER-stress response and its potential importance in pancreatic cancer biology. His project will involve a combination of cell biology, quantiative autophagosome proteomics, and intensive bioinformatics. We're excited to have Morten in the lab!
We are excited for Qijia Yu to join us in the lab as the newest post-doctoral fellow! Qi just completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the lab of Dr. Nicholas Ktistakis at the Babraham Institute. Qi was awarded a prestigious Cambridge International Scholarship from University of Cambridge in order to complete his doctoral work there. As a graduate student, Qi worked on identifying novel regulators of autophagosome formation via genome-wide siRNA screens followed by validation using a combination of genome editing and live cell imaging techniques. Qi will be working on projects related to NCOA4 and cellular iron homeostasis as well as a new project for the lab on the interaction between ionizing radiation and antigen presentation.