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Kowalski, Jennifer

Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Cell and Molecular Physiology, Neurobiology, C. elegans Genetics

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

Kowalski, J.R. and Juo, P. (2012).  The role of deubiquitinating enzymes in synaptic function and nervous system diseases. Neural Plasticity, 2012: 13 pages. Article ID: 892749, doi:10.1155/2012/892749.   *Review article.

Monteiro M.I., Ahlawat S., Kowalski J.R., Malkin E., Koushika S.P., Juo P. (2012). The kinesin-3 family motor KLP-4 regulates anterograde trafficking of GLR-1 glutamate receptors in the ventral nerve cord of Caenorhabditis elegans. Mol Biol Cell, 23:3647-62.

Kowalski, J.R., Dahlberg, C.L., and Juo, P. (2011). The deubiquitinating enzyme USP-46 negatively regulates the degradation of glutamate receptors to control their abundance in the ventral nerve cord of C. elegans. J. Neuroscience, 31: 1341-1354.

Yang, L., Kowalski, J.R., Yacono, P., Bajmoczi, M., Shaw, S.K., Froio, R.M., Golan, D.E., Thomas, S.M. and Luscinskas, F.W.  (2006).  Endothelial cell cortactin coordinates ICAM-1 clustering and actin cytoskeleton remodeling during polymorphonuclear leukocyte adhesion and transmigration.  J. Immunology, 177:6440-6449.

Yang, L., Kowalski, J.R., Zhan, X., Thomas, S.M., and Luscinskas, F.W.  (2006). Endothelial cell cortactin phosphorylation by Src contributes to polymorphonuclear leukocyte transmigration in vitro.  Circ. Res. 98:394-402.

Kowalski, J.R., Egile, C., Gil, S., Snapper, S.B., Li, R., and Thomas, S.M.  (2005). Cortactin  regulates cell migration via activation of N-WASP.  J. Cell Sci. 118:79-87.

Hastings, P.J., Bull, H.J., Klump, J.R., and Rosenberg, S.M.  (2000) Adaptive amplification, an inducible chromosomal instability mechanism.  Cell 103:723-731.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Cellular and Molecular Biology Fundamentals (BI202), Principles of Physiology (BI411), Cell and Molecular Neurobiology



B.S. (2000) University of Notre Dame (Biological Sciences)

Ph.D. (2006) Harvard University (Cell and Developmental Biology)

Postdoctoral training (2006-2009) Tufts University School of Medicine (Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience)


NIH/NINDS AREA (R15) Grant (2012-2015)

NSF-TUES Grant (co-PI) (2012-2015)

Indiana Academy of Sciences Senior Research Award (2011-2012)

Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award (2010-2012)

Training in Education and Critical Research Skills (TEACRS) NIH/NIGMS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2009)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2002-2005)