PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Area(s) of Expertise
Cell migration and mechanotransduction in C. elegans; Improving production of drug compounds by medicinal plants
Interactions between cells and their extracellular environment play an essential role in controlling tissue architecture, cell survival, and cell migration. These processes are important for normal animal development and are disrupted in many human diseases. The Cram lab uses the nematode C. elegans to investigate the conserved processes that control cell migration and mechanotransduction in vivo.
In collaboration with Chemical Engineers, we are also working to improve production of drug compounds by the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus.
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PhD student Alison Wirshing, of the Cram Lab, was recently published in the journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell, for her work on reproductive processes of C. elegans.
Erin Cram, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in Biology, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about her research at Northeastern University.
Two professors – one from the biology department and the other from the chemistry and chemical biology department – have been awarded more than a half-million dollars to investigate the production of cancer drugs in Catharanthus roseus.