Karen G. Hales
Professor of Biology
Davidson College

Office and lab: Dana 201
Phone: (704) 894-2324
: (704) 894-2512
Mailing address: Box 7118, Davidson NC 28035
Shipping address: 209 Ridge Rd, Davidson NC 28035


BIO111 Molecules, Genes, and Cells
BIO201 Genetics
BIO363 Human Genetics Seminar
BIO371/372 Independent Research


Office hours for Fall 2015:
Mondays 11 AM-12 PM, Wednesdays 12:50-1:50 PM, and Tuesday Common Hours when I don't have other meetings. Bio111 students will receive a web link for signups; others can email for specific appointments. 

Recommendation letter requests: please see my guidelines.

Curriculum vitae

We perform genetic analysis with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to explore molecular mechanisms by which mitochondria are moved and shaped in cells. Mitochondria are the organelles often referred to as the "powerhouses of the cell," since they are the sites where energy from food is stored in ATP. In many cell types with unusual energy needs, mitochondria move in a regulated way to be close to energy-requiring structures such as flagella or ion pumps. In addition, mitochondria often undergo regulated fusion and division, sometimes existing as a single large network in the cell, and sometimes as many individual units. In Drosophila melanogaster (as in most other higher organisms), mitochondria undergo a dramatic series of shape changes during spermatogenesis. Through the analysis of male-sterile mutants defective in mitochondrial morphogenesis, we isolate and characterize genes whose protein products function in this process. Work in the Hales lab is supported by National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions grant 1158024 and National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) Academic Research Enhancement Award R15GM080689.

Lab members

Present: Brian Johnson '16,  Elizabeth Brunner '16, Dennis Akrobetu '17, Hannah Lukow '18,  Josh Daryoush '16, Ben Jepson (technician). Taylor Simmons '17 and Jon Lim '17 on hiatus. 

Past: Devon Harris '15, Brittany Elek '15, Shannon Doherty '17, Gracie Gordon '15, Hannah McMillan '15, Tucker Bates '15, Bethany Wagner '14, Eric Sawyer '14, Nishita Suresh '14, Megan Bannon '14, William Mitchell '13, Oshauna Morgan (JCSU '16), Olivia Brown '13, Grayam Sailor-Tynes '14, Caroline Gordon '13, Steven Myers '13, Conroy Field (Johnson C. Smith University '14), Jessica Gerard '14, Shaina McCaskill (Fayetteville State University '12), Kelsey Sheaffer '13, Sarah Pyfrom '11 (student and technician), Yihharn Hwang '12, Aaron Deal '12, Melissa Lorenzo '12, Laura McCoy '13, Julie Coursen '14, Dylan Coughtrey '11, Tessa Campbell '11, Casie Genetti '11, Chris Lima '11, Lauren Ivey '11, Rachelle Falk '12, Leah Smith '13, Taylor Gunnell '11, Caroline Shaffner '12, Madeleine Pilon '12, Laura Bergner '09, Eddie Hickman '09, Hunter Stone '09, Carolyn Wakeman '09, Kin Lau '10, Bevin English '08, Katie Wood '08, Mike Beaucaire '09, Sarah Coffey '09, Ben Whigham '07, Sarah Durnbaugh '06, Kara Koehrn '06, Anna Nam '08, Levi Benson (Colgate University '06), Lindsay Nakaishi '05, Kevin Saunders '05, Carrie Black '06, Lucy Marcil '06, Laura Sedig '07, Sarah Baxley '04, Sara Holmberg '04, Lauren Watson '06, Ty Plowshay '05, Monica Siegenthaler '03, Laura Quillian '03, Sean Burke '02, Marisa Wilson '02, Fitz Sturgill '01, Shaheen Counts '01, Lindsay Regruto (technician), Samantha Lightcap (research technician), James Winkle (research technician), Shanawa Richardson '08 (research technician), Sheena Favors (research technician), Amanda Aldridge (research technician), Courtney Ewart '01 (visiting research technician), Ridling Waller (visiting scholar, spring '01).

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last modified September 2015 by K. Hales