Dr. Bryan Ballif
               Associate Professor
               University of Vermont
               Department of Biology
        311 Marsh Life Science Building
                Burlington, VT 05405
                    (802) 656-1389

             Email: bballif@uvm.edu
   

 Doctoral and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2006)

Department of Cell Biology,

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Steven P. Gygi, advisor
 

Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2003)

Division of Basic Sciences,

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jonathan A. Cooper, advisor
 

Ph.D.(2001)

Harvard University

Department of Cell Biology,

Harvard Medical School

Dr. John Blenis, advisor
 

 Research Interests

    Research in the Ballif lab is primarily focused on elucidating molecular mechanisms of signal transduction with two major emphases: (A) genetically-defined signaling pathways regulating vertebrate brain development and (B) core signaling  pathways regulating cell proliferation, growth and survival. In addition to biochemical and cell biological approaches, we employ mass spectrometry-based proteomics as a primary tool to identify and quantitatively monitor proteins, their modifications and their interactions with other proteins following acute signal administration or across developmental stages. We are also using zebrafish, drawing on the expertise of our sister lab headed by Alicia Ebert, as a organismal model system to study signaling pathways regulating  development.
        A second focus of our work involves developing and applying proteomic methodology to advance diverse lines of biological inquiry, some of which have had little to no interface with proteomics. This makes these projects both exciting and challenging. These collaborative projects range from the identification of novel human blood group antigens; to the identification of host proteins that interact with arenavirus proteins; to targeted proteomic characterizations of wasps, pitcher plant ecosystems, ants, fruit flies, unicellular ciliates and parasitic protozoa.         

 Thanks to our Funding Sources
*NIH--The Vermont Genetics Network (the INBRE program of NIGMS), The COBRE program of NIGMS, DHHS

*NSF--Divisions: IOS and DEB
 
*UVM--the Department of Biology, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the VP of Research



 
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In The News
-- Peter's Fulbright and Graduate Work at Cardiff Highlighted in UVM Today.

-- Read about the publication of Honors Theses work by Tyler and Miranda (pg. 9).

-- Read about Bior's service to strengthen his native South Sudan.

-- Peter Doubleday receives Fulbright Schloarship to study at Cardiff University in the UK!

-- Read about sundry goings-on in the Biology Department at UVM.

-- 60 year old Blood Mystery Solved. Read about the identification of a third novel blood group system (Vel).

-- Discovery of Vel negative blood type highlighted in NIGMS "Spotlights on Hot Science."

-- Blood Mystery Solved. Read about the identification of two novel blood group systems (Lan and Jra).

(Ou si vous pr
frez les actualits en franais et vous voulez connatre le chef et l'quipe principale des tudes!)

(Or if you prefer in Russian!)

-- College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter highlights NSF grant and Max Planck Institute Seminar.

-- Department of Biology Newsletter February 2010 part II

-- Department of Biology Newsletter February 2010 part I

-- Vermont Quarterly spotlight on the honors thesis work of Tyler Aten.

-- Try to find former lab members Tyler Aten and Marie Kenney in UVM's new ad series.

-- Read about Violet Rosken's work collecting wasps in Singapore.

-- Love of Lab Work Leads Grad to Harvard.

-- UVM Researchers Use Proteomics to Investigate the Evolution of Digestive Functions in Wasp Colonies

--The Complex Composition of Embryonic Cerebral Spinal Fluid

-- A Touching Response to DNA Damage

-- Biologist Reports in Science on DNA Damage


Lab Members Presenting their work at Conferences:

NE Society for Developmental Biology 2014 (Woods Hole, MA) From left: Riley St. Clair, Erin Wysolmerski, Marion Weir and Ryan Joy.



UVM 2014 Student Research Conference. Clockwise from top left: Rachael Bassett, Erin Wysolmerski, Riley St. Clair, Jon Karp, Marion Weir and Ryan Joy.



VT Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience:

Zebrafish Alley--in collaboration with Alicia Ebert (left to right): Erin Wysolmerski, Ryan Joy and Rachael Bassett.




UVM/NSF REU Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship Conference:

Left to right: Rachael Bassett, Marion Weir, Kristen D'Elia, Alicia Ebert and Bryan Ballif





UVM 2013 Student Research Conference:

Left to right: Peter Doubleday, Marion Weir, Jon Karp and Bryan Ballif





Karen and Zac at the VGN Career Day Conference




Peter at the HUPO 2012 conference.




Bryan presenting Mujeeb's and Bior's posters at the HUPO 2012 conference.




Peter, Marion (above) and Miranda (below) at the UVM Student Research Conference 2012.



Mujeeb presenting at ASMS 2011 in Denver, CO.




Rima presenting at the 2011 Signal Transduction Gordon Research Conference in Lewiston, ME.



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