Dr. Kathryn Harris, Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of Toronto, Mississauga
- Research Seminar: Thursday, October 12th, EIT 3142, 10:30-11:30 am
- Teaching Seminar: Friday, October 13th, STC 2002, 9:30-10:30 am
Mechanisms of synapse development, function, and disease
Dr. Kathryn Harris’s research focus is to characterize novel cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to synaptic development, function, and plasticity. Dr. Harris employs a combination of molecular, imaging, physiological, and genetic approaches in a simple and accessible model system, the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Dr. Harris’s research seminar will focus on two signaling mechanisms that impact the synapse: 1) Shank scaffolding proteins and 2) plasma membrane t-SNARE Syntaxin 4.
- BSc York University; PhD University of Toronto; Postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- 2013 Infinite Kilometer Award (M.I.T); 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Simons Center for the Social Brain; 2007 Yoshio Masui Prize in Developmental Biology, University of Toronto; 2005 Fredrick P. Ide Award, University of Toronto.
- Published 8 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including articles in Nature and Current Biology, with over 20 invited seminars and conference proceedings.