Director, Centre for Microscopy at Concordia
Concordia University Research Chair in Cancer Cell Biology, Biology
PhD (University of Calgary)
Post-Doc (IMP, Vienna, Austria; and University of Chicago)
The aim of my research is to gain a stronger understanding of how the cytoskeleton is regulated during cell division, migration and polarity. I am interested in how microtubules and actomyosin control these events during cell division, and how they are hi-jacked in cancer cells. This includes an in depth molecular analysis of anillin, a highly conserved protein that is required for cytokinesis and crosslinks key components of the cell. I use cultured human cells including cancer cell lines and iPSCs as model systems. I also collaborate with other groups to develop delivery and diagnostic tools for cancer cells, and to develop anti-cancer drugs.
Advanced Cell Biology
NSERC, FRQ-NT, NIH, Aligo Innovation
Husser, M.C., Pham, N.P., Law, C., Araujo, F.R.B., Martin, V.J.J. and A. Piekny. (2023). Endogenous tagging using split mNeonGreen in human iPSCs for live imaging studies. BioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.06.08.54692.
Clermont-Paquette, A., Mendoza, D.A., Sadeghi, A., Piekny, A. and R. Naccache. (2023). Ratiometric sensing of glyphosate in water using dual fluorescent carbon dots. Sensors 23: doi: 10.3390/s23115200.
Ozugergin, I. and A. Piekny (2022) Diversity is the spice of life: an overview of how cytokinesis regulation varies with cell type. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 10: doi: 10.3389/fcell2022.1007614.
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