Brian Richardson

PKAN and various other neurodegenerative diseases

I worked on this project while I was a Senior Research Associate at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). PKAN stands for pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration, a rare type of brain disease where iron accumulates in the brain.

Germ cell migration in the Drosophila embryo

I worked on this project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Skirball Institute at New York University. Germ cells are the precursors to sperm and eggs, and they move through the embryo during development. I studied the role of lipid signaling in this process.

Myoblast fusion in the developing Drosophila embryo

This was work for my PhD while I was a graduate student at Weill Graduate School at Cornell University. Myoblasts are cells that fuse together to form muscles. I studied the role of the actin cytoskeleton in this process.

Here is a movie of muscle formation

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