Lab News

2021

January

New publication out in Nature Communications! "SVIP is a molecular determinant of lysosomal dynamic stability, neurodegeneration and lifespan".  We demonstrated that a small adaptor protein, SVIP, recruits VCP to tubular lysosomes in Drosophila muscles, which provides neuroprotective effects and promotes animal longevity.  We further link SVIP defects to VCP-related diseases and identify a novel human patient mutation in SVIP that is pathogenic when over-expressed in flies.  Former LSU undergraduate, Logan Primeaux, contributed as a co-author!


2020

December

Corey Cooper and Jordan Wall graduate from LSU and receive Distinguished Undegraduate Research Awards:  https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/discover/distinguished-researchers/

August

The Johnson lab receives a 5-year R35 MIRA (Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award) from NIH-NIGMS to study "Tubular lysosomes in health and disease".

June

Jordan Wall receives an LSU Discover Undergraduate Research award! Congrats Jordan!

May

Stephen Lopez graduates from LSU and receives a Distinguished Undegraduate Research Award: https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/discover/spring-2020-durp/

January

The Johnson and Bohnert labs receive a collaborative biomedical grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to study the biology of tubular lysosomes. See the press release here.


2019

December

Rebecca Krueger graduates from LSU and receives a Distinguished Undegraduate Research Award: https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/discover/fall-2019-distinguished-undergraduate-researcher-program/?amp%3Bpreview=true

May

Rebecca and Hayden receive LSU Discover Grants to fund their summer research.

April

Stephen won 1st place in the visual display category at LSU Discover Day for his demonstration of "light-induced sleep flies and research on how a human short sleep mutant offsets negative effects of sleep deprivation". Congrats Stephen! 


2018

September

Stephen receives an LSU Discover award to fund his research this fall.

August

The Johnson lab receives an R00 grant from NIH-NINDS to study “Mechanisms of VCP-mediated degeneration”.

May

Lab renovations are complete!