KATERINA RAGKOUSI

Postdoctoral Research Associate

RESEARCH SUMMARY

 

The precise organization of cells drives the fundamental tissue properties they build during animal development.  Assembly of cells into epithelial tissues is a widespread example of multi-cellular organization that facilitates their further arrangement into the diverse organs encountered today.  Yet, how cells build epithelial layers de novo during development remains a poorly studied problem.  Further, it is currently unknown whether epithelia emerge similarly across diverse and evolutionarily distant species.  I use the embryos of the early branching sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to learn how dividing cells build epithelial layers with the goal to uncover basic organizing principles shared within the animal kingdom.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Connecticut Health Center (2004)

M.Sc. Applied Molecular Microbiology, University of Nottingham, UK (1998)

 

 

TRAINING

Postdoctoral Researcher

Advisor: Brad Davidson

University of Arizona

2008-2012

 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Advisor: Craig Hunter

Harvard University

2005-2007

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

Cell-Cycle-Coupled Oscillations in Apical Polarity and Intercellular Contact Maintain Order in Embryonic Epithelia.

Ragkousi, K., Marr, K., McKinney, S., Ellington, L., Gibson, M.C.

Current Biology. 2017;27(9): 1381-86.

PubMed

 

Cell division and the maintenance of epithelial order.

Ragkousi, K. and Gibson, M.C.

Journal of Cell Biology. 2014. 207: 181-188.

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A single GATA factor plays discrete, lineage specific roles in ascidian heart development.

Ragkousi, K., Beh, J., Sweeney, S., Starobinska, E., and Davidson, B.

Developmental Biology. 2011. 352(1): 154-63.

PubMed

 

 

 

 

 

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