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. Read Article

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. Read Article

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. Read Article

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. Read Article

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. Read Article

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