James Monaghan

James Monaghan


PhD, University of Kentucky
BA, DePauw University

Area(s) of Expertise

Regeneration Biology

Research Interests

Prof. Managhan’s lab uses the axolotl salamander to investigate the cellular and molecular basis of complex tissue regeneration. Axolotls have the amazing ability to regenerate large portions of their limbs, tail, heart, and spinal cord. His lab studies the development and regeneration of the nervous system and limb and the interactions that take place between these organ systems to ask: 1) Why are nerves necessary for complex tissue regeneration? 2) What cellular properties do the axolotls possess that allow them to regenerate limbs and spinal cords? These important questions have the potential to impact our understanding of animal homeostasis as well as regenerative medicine.


Curriculum Vitae

Lab Website


404 Mugar Life Sciences Building

Professor James Monaghan talks about his research

James Monaghan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about his research at Northeastern University.

Global citizen, budding scientist, model – for one Northeastern student, “adaptability” is key

Meet Yaa Kyeremateng, a behavioral neuroscience major who speaks multiple languages, conducts research, is fascinated with the brain, and has modeled for the past year. Here, she discusses these aspects of her Northeastern experience and why “adaptability” is perhaps her strongest trait.

Undergrads publish as first line authors in prominent developmental biology journal

Pankhuri Singhal and Matthew Nguyen published research on the regeneration of limbs in axolotls as first-line authors in Development.

Ovary regeneration in salamander could provide solutions to human infertility

Northeastern University biology professor James Monaghan and his team have discovered that Axolotl salamanders not only have the capability of re-growing limbs, they can also regenerate their ovaries and produce eggs throughout their lifespan.