Katherine Jacobs

I am a graduate student in the Lew Lab studying how yeast cells track pheromone gradients. Eukaryotic cells detect and respond to gradients of external chemical signals in a variety of biological contexts, yet the precise mechanisms that underlie gradient tracking are unknown. The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae  is a genetically-tractable model that allows us to investigate how single cells decode a gradient signal. In my research, I use a combination of genetics, cell biology and microscopy to investigate how yeast cells locate mating partners in response to a pheromone gradient. I am also very interested in science education and outreach. 

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