Rick Morimoto, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University. The research in the Morimoto laboratory addresses: (1) How the stress of misfolded proteins leads to the neurodegenerative disorders Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (2) Transcriptional regulation of the heat shock response. Role of stress sensors that control HSF1 activation during acute stress and recovery, during aging in response to neurohormonal stress signaling molecules, and as a general regulator of protein homeostasis and suppressor of misfolded proteins, and (3) Systems approach to stress biology.
Justin Cassidy, Ph.D. was a graduate student at Northwestern University. His work in the Carthew Lab used Drosophila as a model organism to study how microRNA mediated gene silencing confers robustness to gene regulatory networks. In the future, Justin hopes to apply similar quantitative analyses to direct effective business strategies.
"Systems approaches change a scientist's point of view to consider the whole picture. It is like looking at a pointillist painting like Seurat's 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette' at the Art Institute. Up close all you see are dots of paint, but step back and they merge into a unified scene. A similar transition occurs when considering genes and genomes!" - Justin Cassidy, Northwestern University
Eric Bertolino, Ph.D. is a Research Associate (Assistant Professor) at the University of Chicago in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. He studies regulatory networks that dictate cell fate choices in the immune system in Dr. Harinder Singh’s lab.