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Research Interests

Cell-cell adhesion in health and disease

We are interested in how cells stick to each other, what constitutes dynamic versus static adhesion at the molecular level, and how the state of cell-cell adhesion is interpreted by the nucleus to control gene expression and cellular differentiation. These processes are highly relevant to human health and disease because the proteins comprising the major macromolecular adhesion complex on cells (known as the cadherin/catenin complex) are associated with numerous diseases ranging from proliferative/invasive conditions like cancer and fibrosis to chronic conditions such as asthma. We collaborate with Drosophila geneticists, biochemists/ crystallographers, biophysicists and physician scientists with access to patient sample data sets for these investigations.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Yale University

… → 1994

Research interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Adhesion Mechanisms
  • Cell Biology
  • Fibrosis
  • Gene Regulation
  • Lung Cancer / Chest Cancer
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Signal Transduction

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Grants 2004 2023

Cell Culture Techniques
Extracellular Matrix
Epithelial Cells
Alveolar Epithelial Cells
Systemic Scleroderma
Interstitial Lung Diseases
Alveolar Macrophages
beta Catenin

Research Output 1990 2019

Elevated CO2 regulates the Wnt signaling pathway in mammals, Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans

Shigemura, M., Lecuona, E., Angulo, M., Dada, L. A., Edwards, M. B., Welch, L. C., Casalino-Matsuda, S. M., Sporn, P. H. S., Vadász, I., Helenius, I. T., Nader, G. A., Gruenbaum, Y., Sharabi, K., Cummins, E., Taylor, C., Bharat, A., Gottardi, C. J., Beitel, G. J., Kaminski, N., Budinger, G. R. S. & 2 others, Berdnikovs, S. & Sznajder, J. I., Dec 1 2019, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 18251.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wnt Signaling Pathway
Caenorhabditis elegans
Drosophila melanogaster

Macrophages as a Source and Recipient of Wnt Signals

Malsin, E. S., Kim, S., Lam, A. P. & Gottardi, C. J., Jan 1 2019, In : Frontiers in immunology. 10, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Stem Cells
38 Citations (Scopus)

Single-cell transcriptomic analysis of human lung provides insights into the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis

Reyfman, P. A., Walter, J. M., Joshi, N., Anekalla, K. R., McQuattie-Pimentel, A. C., Chiu, S., Fernandez, R., Akbarpour, M., Chen, C. I., Ren, Z., Verma, R., Abdala-Valencia, H., Nam, K., Chi, M., Han, S. H., Gonzalez-Gonzalez, F. J., Soberanes, S., Watanabe, S., Williams, K. J. N., Flozak, A. S. & 29 others, Nicholson, T. T., Morgan, V. K., Winter, D. R., Hinchcliff, M., Hrusch, C. L., Guzy, R. D., Bonham, C. A., Sperling, A. I., Bag, R., Hamanaka, R. B., Mutlu, G. M., Yeldandi, A. V., Marshall, S. A., Shilatifard, A., Amaral, L. A. N., Perlman, H. R., Sznajder, J. I., Christine Argento, A., Gillespie, C. T., Dematte, J., Jain, M., Singer, B., Ridge, K. M., Lam, A. P., Bharat, A., Bhorade, S. M., Gottardi, C., Budinger, GR. S. & Misharin, A., Jun 15 2019, In : American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 199, 12, p. 1517-1536 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Single-Cell Analysis
Pulmonary Fibrosis
RNA Sequence Analysis
Alveolar Macrophages
10 Citations (Scopus)

Force-dependent allostery of the α-catenin actin-binding domain controls adherens junction dynamics and functions

Ishiyama, N., Sarpal, R., Wood, M. N., Barrick, S. K., Nishikawa, T., Hayashi, H., Kobb, A. B., Flozak, A. S., Yemelyanov, A., Fernandez-Gonzalez, R., Yonemura, S., Leckband, D. E., Gottardi, C. J., Tepass, U. & Ikura, M., Dec 1 2018, In : Nature communications. 9, 1, 5121.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adherens Junctions