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Dannel McCollum

Dannel McCollum, Ph.D.

Professor and
Vice-Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

Office: LRB 823
Lab: LRB 870
Tel: 508-856-8767

Dan McCollum was a Biochemistry major at the University of Illinois, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1987. He studied peroxisomal protein import at the University of California San Diego, earning a Ph.D. in 1993. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University, where he was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to study cell division in fission yeast. He became an independent investigator at the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research in 1996, and joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School 1997. His research focuses on how the dynamic interplay between the cytoskeleton and signaling networks control cell proliferation.

Sebastian Mana-Capelli, Ph.D.

Sebastian Mana-Capelli, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral fellow


Sebastian Mana-Capelli received his PhD from Clark University in 2009 studying centrosomal biology in Dictyostelium. His research in the McCollum lab has focused on understanding the role of angiomotin proteins in sensing mechanical signals and controlling Hippo signaling through the use of biochemical and cell biological approaches, and CRISPR gene editing technology.