Mayu Inaba PI

Mayu Inaba

Principal Investigator

Research interests; Asymmetric stem cell division, Gene regulation, Stem cell competition, Gene redundancy.




Samaneh Poursaeid

Postdoctoral researcher

Epigenetic processes regulate gene expression and maintain a specific cell fate through cell divisions. Drosophila male germline stem cells (GSCs) constantly divide asymmetrically to give rise to two daughter cells with distinct fates. My current research focuses on how expression of genes changes during asymmetric division of Drosophila germline stem cells.


Muhammed Burak Bener

Graduate Student

1)  My research project is focused on asymmetric cell division in Drosophila female germline stem cells. When stem cells divide, they generate one stem cell and one differentiating daughter cell. I am investigating intracellular cell-fate determining factors play a role in this asymmetry. 2)  I am interested in microtubule behavior during germline stem cell divisions in Drosophila ovary.

Autumn Twillie

UConn Undergraduate Student

I am working to visualize the localization and dynamics of the interaction of signaling molecules in vivo during niche-stem cell interaction in Drosophila testis.

Emma Kristine Beard

UConn Undergraduate Student

My project is to investigate outcome of asymmetric histone inheritance in Drosophila male germline stem cells.

Romir Raj

UConn Undergraduate Student

Romir investigates the mechanism of homologous chromosome pairing and transvection in germline stem cells.


Taylor Simao

Medical Student (Capstone project),  Mar 2020-Mar 2024

Sadik Emad Karma

MD/PhD rotation student, Aug 2023-Sep 2023

McKenna Rook

Undergraduate summer research internship, May 2023-Aug 2023

Rakshan Chadha

South Windsor High School
May 2023-Dec 2023

Jiya Patel

Glastonbury High School
September 2022-May 2023

Sharif Ridwan

Postdoc,  September 2020-August 2022

Matthew Antel

Graduate student,  May 2018-August 2022

Taylor Simao

UConn Undergraduate Student,  September 2017-August 2019

Madona Masoud
Research Assistant, September 2020-August 2021

Naiya Patel
Glastonbury High School
September 2018-August 2019

Abigail Descoteaux
Research Assistant, January 2018-August 2018

Justin Sardi
August 2017-August 2018
Current position; Medical Residence, Cooperstown, NY

Sophia Ladyzhets
Glastonbury High School
September 2017-August 2018