2013-current, Assistant Professor of Biology, Lawrence University, USA
2012-2013, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Lawrence University, USA
2010-2012, Post-doctoral Fellow, Lawrence University, USA
2008-2010, Post-doctoral Fellow, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
2003-2008, Teaching & Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, USA
2002-2003, Liquid Culture Transfers, UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, University of Texas, USA
2001-2003, Teaching Assistant, University of Texas, USA
2000-2001, Field Assistant, Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility (LAERF), USA
Post-doctoral Fellow, Lawrence University, USA
Project: Functional genomics of the cilium in Caenorhabditis elegans
Post-doctoral advisors: Professor Bart T. De Stasio Jr. & Professor Elizabeth A. De Stasio
Post-doctoral Fellow, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Project: The transcriptional regulation of ciliary genes
Postdoctoral advisor: Assistant Professor Peter Swoboda
Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota, USA
Dissertation: A biochemical and genetic approach to understand the function of UNI2, a gene encoding a novel basal body protein in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Thesis advisor: Professor Carolyn D. Silflow
M.A., 2003, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Thesis: Cryopreservation of Chlamydomonas reinahardtii: A cause of low viability at high cell density
Thesis advisor: Professor Jerry J. Brand
B.S., 2001, University of North Texas, USA
Undergraduate research advisor: Professor James Kennedy
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2010-2012, Lawrence University Fellowship
2008-2009, J William Fulbright Fellowship
2008, Harold C. Bold Award, Phycological Society of America
2007-2008, Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute Research Fellowship, University of MN
2005, Croasdale Fellowship, Phycological Society of America
2005, Friday Harbor Labs Scholarship, University of Washington
2003, Hoshaw Travel Award, Phycological Society of America
2011, National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant #1126711, Co-PI “Acquisition of confocal microscopy instrumentation for undergraduate research and research training” $552,666.
2009, Lars Hiertas Minne Research Grant, Sweden, “The molecular dynamics of centrioles: A bioinformatic and model systems approach” 50,000 SEK/$7200
Henriksson J., Piasecki B.P., Lend K., Bürglin T., Swoboda P. (2013) Finding ciliary genes – a computation approach. Methods in Enzymology. 525, 327-350.
Burghoorn J.*, Piasecki B.P.*, Crona F., Phirke P., Jeppsson K.E., Swoboda P. (2012) The in vivo dissection of direct RFX-target gene promoters in C. elegans reveals a novel cis-regulatory element, the C-box. Developmental Biology. 368, 415-426. *Joint First Authors
O’Hagan R., Piasecki B.P., Silva M., Phirke P., Nguyen K., Hall D., Swoboda P., Barr M. (2011) The tubulin deglutamylase CCPP-1 regulates the function and stability of sensory cilia in C. elegans. Current Biology. 21, 1685-1694.
Phirke P., Efimenko E., Mohan S., Burghoorn J., Crona F., Trieb M., Schuske K., Jorgensen E.M., Piasecki B.P., Leroux M.R., Swoboda P. (2011) Transcriptional profiling of C. elegans DAF-19 uncovers a ciliary base-associated protein and a CDK/CCRK/LF2p-related kinase required for intraflagellar transport. Developmental Biology. 357, 235-247.
Piasecki B.P., Burghoorn J., and Swoboda P. (2010) Regulatory Factor X (RFX)-mediated transcriptional rewiring of ciliary genes in animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A 107, 12969-12974.
Piasecki B.P., Diller K.R., and Brand J.J. (2009) Cryopreservation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: A cause of low viability at high cell density. Cryobiology 58, 103-109.
Piasecki B.P. and Silflow C.D. (2009) The UNI1 and UNI2 Genes Function in the Transition of Triplet to Doublet Microtubules between the Centriole and Cilium in Chlamydomonas. Molecular Biology of the Cell 20, 368-378 (Cover Photograph, January 2009)
Piasecki B.P., LaVoie M., Tam L-W., Lefebvre P.A., and Silflow C.D. (2008) The Uni2 Phosphoprotein is a Cell Cycle-regulated Component of the Basal Body Maturation Pathway in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Molecular Biology of the Cell 19, 262-273.
MEETING ABSTRACTS (* LAWRENCE UNDERGRADUATES)
Sasani T.*, Newsom O.*, O’Flaherety B.*, Swords T.*, Henriksson J., De Stasio E., Swoboda P., & Piasecki B.P. (2014) Comparative genomics reveals novel genes associated with sensory cilia. C. elegans Topic Meeting: Neuronal Development, Synaptic Function & Behavior. Madison, WI (USA)
Sasani T.*, Newsom O.*, Landes, E.*, O’Flaherety B.*, Swords T.*, Henriksson J., De Stasio E., Swoboda P., & Piasecki B.P. (2014) Comparative genomics reveals novel genes associated with sensory cilia. Midstates Consortium Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology. St. Louis, MO (USA)
Landes E.*, O’Flaherty B.*, De Stasio E., Swoboda P., & Piasecki B.P. (2012) The tubulin deglutamylase CCPP-6 functions exclusively in ciliated dopaminergic neurons in C. elegans. C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, & Gene Expression Meeting. Madison, WI (USA)
Burghoorn, J., Piasecki B.P., Jeppsson K.E., Crona F. Sahlin S., Phirke P., & Swoboda P. (2011) Transcriptional regulation of ciliary genes in C. elegans. 18th International C. elegans meeting. Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Piasecki B.P., Burghoorn J., & Swoboda P. (2010) RFX mediated transcriptional rewiring of ciliary genes in animals. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) conference on The Biology of Cilia and Flagella. Saxtons River, VT (USA)
Piasecki B.P., Burghoorn J., & Swoboda P. (2010) RFX mediated transcriptional rewiring of ciliary genes in animals. The 3rd Annual Nordic C. elegans Network Meeting, Tallinn (Estonia)
Piasecki B.P., Burghoorn J., & Swoboda P. (2009) Towards identifying and characterizing evolutionarily conserved cilia genes with sensory specific functions. European Worm Neurobiology Meeting 2009, Cambridge (UK).
Piasecki B.P. & Swoboda P. (2009) 4D microscopy reveals the centriolar and ciliary cycle of the developing C. elegans embryo. The 2nd annual Nordic C. elegans Network Meeting. Hangö (Finland)
Piasecki B.P. & Silflow C.D. (2008) Uniflagellar Mutants in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii provide insights into basal body maturation and flagellar formation. The 62nd Annual Meeting of The Phycological Society of America. New Orleans, LA (USA)
Piasecki B.P. & Silflow C.D. (2008) The uni2 mutant of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii provides insights into the pathway of axonemal assembly. The 13th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas. Hyères-les-Palmiers (France)
Piasecki B.P. & Silflow C.D. (2007) The Uni2 protein is a cell-cycle regulated marker of basal bodies in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) conference on The Biology of Cilia and Flagella. Saxtons River, VT (USA)
Piasecki B.P., Wu W., LaVoie M., Tam L-W., Lefebvre P.A., Silflow C.D. (2006) The UNI2 Gene in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii encodes a component of basal bodies and probasal bodies. The 12th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas. Portland, OR (USA)
Piasecki B.P., Wu W., LaVoie M., Tam L-W., Lefebvre P.A., & Silflow C.D. (2005) The UNI2 gene in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii encodes a component of basal bodies and probasal bodies. The 45th Annual Meeting of The American Society for Cell Biology. San Francisco, CA (USA)
Piasecki B.P., Diller K.R., & Brand J.J. (2003) Cryopreservation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Chlorophyta): A cause of low viability at high cell density. The 57th Annual Meeting of The Phycological Society of America. Gleneden Beach, OR (USA)
Piasecki B.P., Diller K.R., & Brand J.J. (2002) Survival of Chlamydomonas reinhartdtii subsequent to cryopreservation is prevented by a substance release from damaged cells. The 56th Annual Meeting of The Phycological Society of America. Madison, WI (USA)
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
The American Society for Cell Biology
The Genetics Society of America
2011, New Faculty Workshop - Strategic Planning for Early Career Success, Hope College
2005, Teaching in Higher Education (3 credit course), University of Minnesota
2002, Biological Sciences Teaching Enrichment Program, University of Texas
OTHER TRAINING & PRACTICAL COURSES
2013, Hopkins Microbiology Course, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, USA
2010, Practical course on C. elegans confocal microscopy, Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) University of Bergen, Norway
2005, Marine algae (9 credits), Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), University of Washington, USA
JOURNAL/BOOK PHOTO CREDITS
Brooker R., Widmaier E.P., Graham L.E., Stiling P.D. (2011) Biology 2nd Ed. McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 1440 pp.
Stocker R. and Durham W.M. (2009) Microbiology. Tumbling for stealth? Science. 325(5939), 400-402.
Koukkari, W.L. and Sothern, R.B. (2006) Introducing Biological Rhythms: A Primer on the Temporal Organization of Life, with Implications for Health, Society, Reproduction, and the Natural Environment. Springer, New York, NY, 658 pp.
COURSES TAUGHT (CURRENT & PREVIOUS)
Freshman Studies (FRST 100) – A cornerstone course for all Freshman at Lawrence University where works of major importance are read, watched, or listened to and then analyzed. Critical thinking and writing skills are heavily emphasized (three discussion sections per week).
Integrative Biology: Cells to organisms (Biol 130) – An introductory lecture and laboratory course in molecular and cellular biology. Cellular metabolism, structure, signaling, and genetics are all framed through an evolutionarily relevant context (three lectures and one lab per week).
Microbiology (Biol 226) – An intermediate level lecture and laboratory course in which microbial diversity and techniques are explored. An emphasis is placed on metabolically, ecologically, and medically relevant organisms and processes (three lectures and one lab per week).
Evolutionary Biology (Biol 235) – An intermediate level lecture and discussion course that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore mechanisms of evolution. This speaking intensive course focuses on understanding major patterns of evolution (two lectures and one discussion per week).
Cell Biology (Biol 325) – An upper level lecture, lab, and discussion course that explores eukaryotic cellular features. An emphasis is placed on evolutionarily conserved cellular processes that link structure to function. Biological imaging, which is pivotal in experimental cell biology, is emphasized throughout this course (two lectures, one lab, and one discussion per week).
LAWRENCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS
A total of 6 students have participated in significant undergraduate research projects in my lab (enrolled in >2 terms of independent studies). Most have gone on to advanced degrees in the following areas:
Ph.D. Programs, earned or in progress: 2 (33%)
Master’s of Arts or Science, earned or in progress: 1 (17%)
Still enrolled at LU: 3 (50%)
Total: 6 (100%)