I'm a cell biologist fascinated with how cells and tissues can work together to perform extreme acts of regeneration.
I hail from the beautiful Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, USA. I grew up totally enamored with animals and the living world, which lead me to study biology at Tennessee Technological University. Afterwards working as a Research Assistant in the lab of Alissa Weaver at Vanderbilt University, I got my first glimpse of moving cells under a microscope and developed a somewhat overzealous appreciation for the molecular cytoskeleton. For a PhD, I ventured to an epicenter of cytoskeletal cell biology (and college basketball), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC I studied microtubule plus tip proteins (+TIPs) with Steve Rogers, dissecting the structural components of Drosophila +TIPs that regulate microtubule dynamics during processes like cell migration.
At the end of my PhD, I decided to make a leap far afield from the climate and topic of my graduate work to study axolotl limb regeneration in the lab of Elly Tanaka at the Center for Regenerative Therapies in Dresden, Germany. It was a great match of expertise and question, since the axolotl system was poised to benefit from cutting edge molecular tools to study the cell biology of regeneration. The Currie lab, in its early stages at the University of Toronto, will open its doors Summer 2018!
If you're excited about regeneration research, get in touch! We're looking for diverse, interdisciplinary group members at all levels - undergraduate, Masters, PhD, postdoctoral, and research assistants.
- Pro Tip: BEFORE emailing Josh, undergraduates/Masters students should read the "How to find a lab job" post under Resources & Links
- Trainees looking to do a PhD in the lab may apply either via Cell and Systems Biology (Arts and Sciences) or Biochemistry (Faculty of Medicine)
- All student trainees should refer to the "Mentor/Mentee Expectations" link under Resources & Links