Brian P. Piasecki (he/him/his)
Trained as a molecular and cellular biologist, I am interested in linking basic cellular mechanisms to broader evolutionary and developmentally relevant processes. For example, observations made largely within the past ten years have shown a direct connection between how unicellular organisms swim and how our nervous system functions. My lab studies the ‘hair like’ cellular appendages, called cilia or flagella, responsible for generating these motile- and sensory-specific functions. We are particularly interested in understanding how cilia/flagella function as sensory ‘antennae’ to facilitate cellular communication and to understand how ciliary gene regulation has evolved. Defects in these cellular structures have been implicated in a wide range of human genetic disorders, and this work has dissecting the molecular basis of conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, and dyslexia.
M.A., University of Texas at Austin (2003)
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2008)
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Karolinska Insitute