Indra Chandrasekar, PhD

Associate Scientist
Sanford Research
Pediatrics & Rare Diseases
(605) 312-6412

Dr. Chandrasekar obtained her Master’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Her passion for Cell Biology took her to cytoskeletal research pioneer Dr. Brigitte M. Jockusch’s Lab in Germany, where she received training in basic cell biology concepts and techniques. After receiving her PhD (Dr.rer.nat) degree from Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany, she moved to the U.S. She performed a short postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of renowned actin biologist Dr.John Cooper at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to continue her training in cytoskeletal research. She then joined the lab of Dr. Paul Bridgman, an expert cellular neurobiologist and EM specialist at Washington University, where she received training in neuronal cytoskeleton, mouse models and advanced microscopy techniques. Dr. Chandrasekar is currently an Assistant Scientist in the Children’s Health Research Center at Sanford Research. Her lab studies mechanisms involved in cellular transport and transport-related diseases using cell and mouse models.

Areas of expertise:
Cell and molecular biology, actin cytoskeleton, neuronal cytoskeleton, intracellular transport, mouse genetics and models, kidney disease, advance microscopy methods

Selected publications:
Chandrasekar I, Goeckler ZM, Turney SG, Wang P, Wysolmerski RB, Adelstein RS, and Bridgman PC. Myosin II is a Critical Regulator of Clathrin Mediated Endocytosis. Traffic, 2014, Apr 15(4):418-32.

Chandrasekar I, Huettner JE, Turney SG, Bridgman PC. Myosin II Regulates Activity Dependent Compensatory Endocytosis at Central Synapses. J.Neuroscience, 2013, Oct 9;33(41):16131-45.

Chandrasekar I, Stradal TE, Holt MR, Entschladen F, Jockusch BM, Ziegler WH. 2005. Vinculin acts as a sensor in lipid regulation of adhesion-site turnover. J.Cell.Sci.118 (Pt.7), 1461 – 1472.


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