Dr. Cynthia Damer 
Dr. Damer

About Dr. Cynthia Damer

Job Title: Professor of Biology

Dr. Damer is a cell biologist who is studying a family of newly discovered proteins called copines using the model organism, Dictyostelium discoideum. Copines are proteins found in numerous eukaryotic organisms, including humans, and are thought to be involved in cell signaling and/or membrane trafficking pathways. Dictyostelium discoideum lives as a single cell, but under starvation conditions develops into a multicellular fruiting body.

The Damer lab uses various molecular, cellular, and microscopic techniques to define the role of copines in cellular processes and development. Current undergraduate projects include creating 1) copine knockout mutants in Dictyostelium and characterizing their phenotypes and 2) identifying the protein-binding partners of copines.

Contact Dr. Damer at damer1ck@cmich.edu, or stop by Brooks 229.