Ballif Lab Members
               University of Vermont
               Department of Biology
        304 / 311 Marsh Life Science Building
                Burlington, VT 05405
                    (802) 656-1391


Graduate students

Marion Weir

Marion is studying the regulation and signaling of Src family kinases.

She is also assisting investigators with collaborative proteomics
projects in UVM's Immunobiology COBRE.

Ryan Joy

Ryan is studying ESDN signaling mechanisms governing neuronal migration during vertebrate development.

Riley St. Clair

Riley is studying Semphorin/Plexin/Collapsin Response Mediator Protein signaling
and its roles regulating vertebrate neuronal migration. 

Judith is studying Chagas Disease's etiology using proteomic, genomic and biogeographical approaches. These studies are in collaboraiton with Lori Stevens.

Amanda Northrop

Amanda is using metaproteomics to study ecological state changes.
These studies are in collaboration with Nick Gotelli.

Brendan Chandler
Anish Ali Sarkar
        Brendan and Anish are rotation students studying various signaling mechanisms.

Undergraduate students


Jonathan Karp -- UVM Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Major.
Jonathan is studying signaling mechanisms in Ras-MAPK signaling--

a pathway critical to cell proliferation, growth, survival and differentiation. 

Ras-MAPK signaling is hyperactive in more than 30% of all tumors 

and about twice this in pancreatic cancers and melanomas. These 

studies are in collaboration with Philippe Roux.

    Rachael Bassett--UVM Integrated Biological Sciences Major. 

    Rachael is studying Semaphorin-Plexin signaling in vertebrate 

    central nervous system development.

            Liam Kelley--UVM Biochemistry Major. Liam is conducting studies on the                 molecular characterization of novel blood group antigens. These studies are in              collaboration with Lionel Arnaud.

    Hannah Johnson--UVM Biology Major. Hannah is studying Crk/CrkL signaling             mechanisms.

    Jaye Grundy -- UVM Biochemistry Major. Jaye is studying regulatory mechanisms of     AGC kinases.


    Kyle Kellett--UVM Neuroscience Major. 

    Kyle is studying ESDN signaling in vertebrate 

    central nervous system development.

    Alexandra Dansereau--UVM Biological Sciences Major.

    Alexandra is studying regulatory mechanisms of AGC kinases.

UVM Signaling Sister Labs

Several signaling projects are being conducted in collaboration with the labs of 

Professor Alicia Ebert and Professor Paula Deming

Norwich University Sister Laboratory

Professor Karen Hinkle

Karen is studying novel regualtory mechanisms of the Src family
of tyrosine kinases and their roles in neuronal migration using
biochemical, cellular and organsimal (c. elegans) approaches.
This work is in collaboration with Peter Juo.

Read about Karen's Board of Fellows Prize Here.

Collaborative work at the interface of proteomics, genomics, ecology, evolution, phylogenetics, and environmental science:

Several NSF-funded projects are being pursued and have been collaborative studies with:

--Jim Vigoreaux, to study the evolved roles of Flightin in insect muscle.

--Jim Carpenter, Fernando Gelin, Federico Lopez-Osorio, Ingi Agnarsson
and the late Kurt Pickett to study the systematics and phylogenetics of the wasp subfamily Vespinae.

--Nick Gotelli, Aaron Elison and
Amanda Northrop to study tipping points in the miniature ecosystem of the Northern Pitcher Plant.

--Nick Gotelli, Aaron Elison, Sara Helms Cahan, Nate Sanders, Rob DunnAndrew Nguyen, John Stanton-Geddes, Joel Parker, et al. to study evolved and acute molecular changes in ants in response to thermal stress and climate change.


Additional (Shorter Term) Alumni:


Jonathan Aiwazian--Technician.

Anya Krymkowski--UVM Mathematics Major.

Caroline Casals--UVM Biology Major.      

James Schreffler--UVM Biology Major. 

Nick Thompson--UVM Biology Major.

Alex Lauzon--UVM Biological Sciences Major.

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