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Natalie Nannas

Natalie Nannas
Natalie Nannas

Assistant Professor of Biology

Taylor Science Center 2083

Natalie Nannas is investigating how cells correctly segregate their genetic material, focusing on how the spindle machinery is formed, how chromosomes attach to the spindle, and how the cell uses quality-control checkpoints to ensure correct division.

She earned a master's and doctorate from Harvard University, where her dissertation focused on the molecular genetics of cell division control and taught molecular biology. After her graduate work, Nannas was a plant genome National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Georgia, studying mechanisms of meiotic chromosome segregation. Also, she taught a course on plant genetics. 


Recent Courses Taught


Select Publications

  • Nannas N.J., Higgins D.M. and Dawe R.K. 2016. Anaphase asymmetry and dynamic repositioning of the division plane during maize meiosis. Journal of Cell Science.
  • Higgins D.M., Nannas N.J. and Dawe R.K. 2016. The maize Divergent spindle-1 (dv1) gene encodes a kinesin-14A motor protein required for meiotic spindle pole organization. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1277.
  • Nannas N.J. and Dawe R.K. 2015. Genetic and genomic toolbox of Zea mays. Genetics, 199(3): 655-69. PMID: 25740912.
  • Nannas N.J., O'Toole E.T., Winey M. and Murray A.W. 2014. Chromosomal attachments set length and microtubule number in the S.cerevisiae mitotic spindle. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 25(25): 4034-48.
  • Nannas N.J. and Murray A.W. 2014. Tethering sister chromatids to each other suggests that the spindle checkpoint responds to stretch within the kinetochore. PLoS Genetics, 10(8): e1004492, PMID: 25101645.

Professional Experience

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Society for Cell Biologists 
American Society for Plant Biologists 
American Association for the Advancement of Science 
Phi Beta Kappa 

Appointed to the Faculty: 2017

Educational Background

Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
B.A., Grinnell College


Investigation of force, kinetochore, and tension in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitotic spindle
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