Terasaki Lab

Current Members

Melanie Fisher

Melanie Fisher

Research Associate I
Email: fisher@uchc.edu

I am a Research Associate in Mark Terasaki’s lab. My primary project involves using serial section SEM to study cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in articular cartilage and between articular cartilage and subchondral bone. I also assist with other projects in the lab as needed and with general lab responsibilities.

Rachael Norris

Rachael Norris

Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: 860-679-8582
Email: norris@uchc.edu

I am developing methods to combine serial section electron microscopy with immunolabeling proteins.  In particular, I am using this technology to co-localize gap junction proteins called connexins with other proteins.  The long-term goal is to build on my training in cell and developmental biology to better understand the fates of internalized gap junctions and to investigate their potential roles within a cell.

Current Research

Recent Publications

Anteroposterior axis patterning by early canonical Wnt signaling during hemichordate development. Darras S, Fritzenwanker JH, Uhlinger KR, Farrelly E, Pani AM, Hurley IA, Norris RP, Osovitz M, Terasaki M, Wu M, Aronowicz J, Kirschner M, Gerhart JC, Lowe CJ. PLoS Biol. 2018 Jan 16;16(1):e2003698. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003698. eCollection 2018 Jan.

Localization of phosphorylated connexin 43 using serial section immunogold electron microscopy. Norris RP, Baena V, Terasaki M. J Cell Sci. 2017 Apr 1;130(7):1333-1340. doi: 10.1242/jcs.198408. Epub 2017 Feb 15.


Micki Furushi

Miki Furusho

Research Associate I
Email: mfurusho@uchc.edu

I am interested in the 3D ultrastructure of neurons and glia. Now I am studying the ultra-structure of the axon initial segment and oligodendrocyte progenitor cell.

Past Members

  • Valentina Baena (Ph.D. 2020), Research Scientist, National Institute of Health
  • Justin Sardi, Medical Resident, Cooperstown, NY