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Meet the PI

Jeff Woodruff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology, Department of Biophysics

I have long been interested in how the collective properties of biomolecules give rise to complex organisms. Nowhere is this more apparent than during embryogenesis and development. My research combines synthetic, cellular, and developmental biology to understand how organelles form following fertilization of an egg.

My interest in development was kindled by my undergraduate research with S. Marty Shankland at the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied kidney morphogenesis in leech embryos. For my Ph.D., I worked with Georjana Barnes and David Drubin at the University of California, Berkeley, where I used genetics and cell biology to understand mechanisms of mitotic spindle positioning and disassembly. For my post-doc, I joined Tony Hyman’s lab at the MPI-CBG in Dresden, Germany, where I used recombinant proteins to build minimal centrosomes that organize microtubules.

When I’m not in the lab, I’m either playing in nature or creating. I enjoy hiking, surfing, playing the guitar, and writing songs. I also make illustrative movies to explain my scientific research and upload them to Science Sketches (www.sciencesketches.org).