The July 2012 edition of the scientific journal Cytoskeleton features the collaborative work of OSU Biomedical Science Major undergraduate student Nicholas J. Taylor and former graduate student Lina Wang working under research scientist Anthony Brown, PhD in his lab on the OSU Wexner Medical Center campus. Their project is titled “Neurofilaments Are Flexible Polymers that Often Fold and Unfold, But They Move in a Fully Extended Configuration.”
Dr. Brown directs a laboratory of cell biologists interested in the cytoskeleton of nerve cells, focusing on the transport and assembly dynamics of neurofilaments in health and disease. Through this project with Taylor and Wang, he hones in on the properties and interactions of neurofilaments and their movement in nerve cells. Formerly a graduate student completing her thesis with Brown, Wang is now at the University of California-San Diego in a post-doctorate program. This portion of her research was conducted primarily in 2009 and 2010.
Taylor, following his recent graduation from Ohio State this past June, will begin medical school at Ohio State this fall. Summarizing the personal significance of the project, Taylor says, “It really helped to bring cellular processes to life for me as a complicated and highly coordinated series of steps. Captivated by his work with Brown and Wang during his time as a Biomedical Science Major undergraduate, Taylor plans to continue pursuing an interest in the nervous system and neuroscience throughout medical school.