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Karen G. Hales
Professor of Biology
Davidson College

Office: Wall 321
Lab:  Wall 323
: (704) 894-2324
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
BIO371-374 Independent Research


Office hours for Fall 2017:
--Mondays 10:45-11:45 AM
--Wednesdays 1-2 PM
--other rotating times as listed on the Slotted site
--any mutually agreeable time by appointment
Bio111 students, when possible please use your personalized URL at the Slotted web site for making appointments; otherwise feel free to email for for other times.

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.

Lab members

Present:   Vivienne Fang '18,  Ummer Qureshi '19,  Katherine Copenhaver '18 (returning Fall 2018), Caroline Phan '20, Tommy Bohannon '20 (returning Fall 2018).

Past: Jon Lim '17, Papa Kwadwo Morgan-Asiedu '17, Taylor Simmons '17, Farzonai Muzaffar '18, Brian Johnson '16,  Elizabeth Brunner '16, Dennis Akrobetu '17, Josh Daryoush '16, Hannah Lukow '18, 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, 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, Ben Jepson (technician), 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 May 2017 by K. Hales