Andrew Taibi - Graduate Student

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Phone: 801-585-0926

Short Biography

I received my B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University in New York. I then worked for several years studying the role of early transcription factor REST/NRSF in zebrafish development through the regulation of proneural genes under Prof. Howard Sirotkin. I also was able to study the role of Churchill in early development through its roles in FGF and TGFβ signaling. During this time I was able to earn a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology under Prof. Bernadette Holdener and Prof. Robert Haltiwanger. To explore a long held interest in the ever changing and infinitely complex mind I am now pursuing my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in the Shepherd lab where I hope to contribute to our growing body of knowledge on the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and memory.


Pastuzyn, E.D., Day, C.D., Kearns, R.B., Kyrke-Smith, M., Taibi, A.V., McCormick, J., Yoder, N.,  Belnap, D.M., Erlendsson, S., Morado, D.R., Briggs, J.A.G., Feschotte, C., and Shepherd, J.D. The neuronal gene Arc encodes a repurposed retrotransposon Gag protein that mediates intercellular RNA transfer. Cell. 2018 Jan 11; 172; 1-2.

Jenks K, Kim T, Pastuzyn ED, Okuno H, Taibi AV, Bito H, Bear MF, Shepherd JD. Arc restores juvenile plasticity in adult mouse visual cortex. PNAS. 2017; 114(34):9182-9187.

Duncan R, Xie Y, McPherson AD, Taibi AV, Bonkowsky JL, Douglass AD, Dorsky RI. Hypothalamic radial glia function as self-renewing neural progenitors in the absence of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Development. 2016; 1;143(1);45-53.

Taibi AV, Mandavawala KP, Noel J, Okoye EV, Milano CR, Martin BL, and Sirotkin HI. Zebrafish churchill regulates developmental gene expression and cell migration. Developmental Dynamics. 2013; 6; 614-621.

Kok FO, Taibi AV, Wanner SJ, Xie X, Moravec CE, Love CE, Prince VE, Mumm JS, Sirotkin HI. Zebrafish rest regulates developmental gene expression but not neurogenesis. Development. 2012; 139; 3838-48.

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