Terasaki Lab

Current Members

Valentina Baena

Valentina Baena

Graduate Student
Phone: 860-679-8582
Email: baena@uchc.edu

My research is focused on analyzing the intercellular interactions of somatic cells within the mouse ovarian follicle and the oocyte-somatic cell interactions. I mainly study this by translating serial section electron micrographs to three-dimensional models.

Poster About Current Research
Baena, V., and Terasaki, M. Intercellular communication in the mouse ovarian follicle analyzed by serial section electron microscopy; American Society for Cell Biology/ European Molecular Biology Organization Meeting. December 2-6, 2017 in Philiadelphia, PA, USA.

Melanie Fisher

Melanie Fisher

Research Associate I
Phone:860-679-8582
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

Gap junctions are specialized connections that effectively join two cells together and allow for the passage of small components between cells such as ions or metabolites. Gap junctions are present between nearly all the cells of our body, and affect how most of our organs work. Invertebrate animals also rely on gap junctions for many processes. When gap junctions are no longer needed to connect cells, they get internalized into one of the two cells they connect, forming a double-membrane vesicle. I am interested in whether gap junction internalization is biased in one direction or another and whether internalized gap junctions have functions in the cytoplasm before they get degraded. One way am investigating these questions is by combining serial section electron microscopy and immuno-labeling of proteins.

Poster About Current Research
Norris, R.P., Baena, V., and Terasaki, M. Serial section immunogold electron microscopy of phosphorylated Connexin 43 in ovarian granulosa. UConn Health Department of Cell Biology Retreat, 2017, Apr 18. West Hartford, CT.

Ninna Shuhaibar

Ninna Shuhaibar

Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: 860-679-3476
Email: nshuhaibarpinerua@uchc.edu

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Terasaki lab. I am investigating the three-dimensional structure and length of the odontoblast processes, using serial section electron microscopy. My results verified that the odontoblast processes in molars are tubular, but surprisingly the odontoblast processes in mouse incisor are shaped like plates.

Poster About Current Research

Shuhaibar, N., Hand, A., and Terasaki, M. Serial Section Electron Microscopy of Odontoblast Processes in Developing Teeth. AADR meeting, March 2018, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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.