Biology :

Dr. Kristin Giamanco

Assistant Professor  
Science Building 205
GiamancoK@wcsu.edu
203-837-8968

BIOGRAPHY
Kristin Giamanco is a neuroscientist and is interested in understanding how progenitor cells in the brain divide. She earned a B.A. in Biology with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College. She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Physiology at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Prior to starting at Western Connecticut State University, Kristin was a postdoctoral fellow at the Brain and Mind Research Institute within Weill Cornell Medical College. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke funded the work Kristin conducted at Weill Cornell.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
The Giamanco lab is focused on understanding how neural progenitors in the developing mouse brain divide. These neural progenitors will ultimately give rise to the mature neurons that populate the brain and they exhibit asymmetric and symmetric patterns of division. A major interest of the Giamanco lab is to understand how progenitors undergo these specific division events and to identify the molecules that underlie these intricate processes. In collaboration with colleagues at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Giamanco is investigating the role of phosphorylation of specific cell cycle proteins in the modulation of neural progenitor division.

SURF PRIMARY SETTING
Laboratory work.

SKILLS TO BE ACQUIRED DURING FELLOWSHIP

  • Generation of primary cultures
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Microscopy
  • Cell culture
  • Caring for mice and using mice in a laboratory setting
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Discussion of primary literature
  • Presentation of data in written and oral formats

SKILLS REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FELLOWSHIP WITH DR. GIAMANCO

  • Willingness to work with mice (appropriate training will be provided)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

FELLOWSHIP DATES
Contact faculty member for availability.


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