Dr. Claire Thomas

Assistant Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Department:  Biology/ BMB
College:  Eberly College of Science
Address:  208 Mueller Laboratory
Phone:  814-863-0716
Fax:  814-865-9131
E-mail:  clairet@psu.edu
Website:  http://bmb.psu.edu/directory/gxt5

The Thomas Lab – Adventures in Genetics and Development
We are interested in the role of the actin cytoskeleton in development. In particular we are interested in issues of cellular polarity and morphogenesis. We use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to investigate the role of a structure known as the spectrin-based membrane skeleton. Recent projects have relevance to stroke and cancer. Our approach is multidsciplinary and uses a wide variety of contemporary molecular, biochemical and genetic techniques providing a great training opportunity for those with an interest in research.