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!
Corey Cooper and Jordan Wall graduate from LSU and receive Distinguished Undegraduate Research Awards: https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/discover/distinguished-researchers/
The Johnson lab receives a 5-year R35 MIRA (Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award) from NIH-NIGMS to study "Tubular lysosomes in health and disease".
Jordan Wall receives an LSU Discover Undergraduate Research award! Congrats Jordan!
Stephen Lopez graduates from LSU and receives a Distinguished Undegraduate Research Award: https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/discover/spring-2020-durp/
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.
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
Rebecca and Hayden receive LSU Discover Grants to fund their summer research.
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!
Stephen receives an LSU Discover award to fund his research this fall.
The Johnson lab receives an R00 grant from NIH-NINDS to study “Mechanisms of VCP-mediated degeneration”.
Lab renovations are complete!