I first became interested in research during my junior year in college at SUNY Buffalo. I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Garrick investigating the function of a divalent ion transporter DMT1. I then came to DUKE University to continue my graduate study with Dr. Ken Kreuzer. In graduate school I was exposed and became interested in the field of DNA damage and repair. My thesis project investigated the consequences and repair mechanisms of DNA protein crosslinks. I joined the Sekelsky lab in August 2009, working on understanding how chromosome crossovers are made in mitotically dividing cells. I apply both a candidate gene approach and an unbiased genetic screen to identify additional factors that prevent mitotic crossovers in Drosophila.
Publications from the Sekelsky Lab
S.L. Andersen, Three structure-selective endonucleases are essential in the absence of BLM helicase in Drosophila. PLoS Genetics 7: e1002315.D. Savukoski, M.H. Brodsky, and J. Sekelsky (2011)