Research Technician II
BS Biology – Missouri State University
Salam was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated with a BS in Biology and minors in chemistry, biomedical science, and psychology from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She joined the Stowers Institute in June of 2017, where she began her career as a Research Technician in the Hawley Lab. Salam’s studies focus on the fruit fly model organism, Drosophila melanogaster, to uncover the complex mechanisms and proteins involved in meiotic cell division. She initially supported several lab members in various biological and cytological assays. Her focus then switched to chromosome dynamics and segregation within the fascinating B chromosome model. Recently, she has taken on a RNAi screen to identify novel genes involved in meiosis, specifically ones involved in synaptonemal complex (SC) assembly/disassembly and DNA repair. She aspires to uncover the next SC protein in D. melanogaster.
Narya, a RING finger domain-containing protein, is required for both meiotic DNA double-strand break formation and crossover maturation in Drosophila melanogaster
Lake CM, Nielsen RJ, Bonner AM, Eche S, White-Brown S, McKim KS, Hawley RS. PLoS Genet
. 2019;15:e1007886. doi: 1007810.1001371/journal.pgen.1007886.
Origin, Composition, and Structure of the Supernumerary B Chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster
Hanlon SL, Miller DE, Eche S, Hawley RS. Genetics