Cynthia Damer
Department of Biology
Cell Signaling, Cytoskeleton, Membrane Trafficking
Biosciences 3106

Dr. Damer is a professor of Biology at Central Michigan University


  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1990
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1995
  • Postdoc, Duke University, 1997-1999

Teaching Areas

  • Introductory Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Scientific Writing & Communication
  • Light Microscopy

Research Fields

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microscopy

Current Research Projects

My lab is using the model organism, Dictyostelium discoideum, to study a family of proteins called copines. We have identified six copine genes in the Dictyostelium genome and are currently working on several research projects related to copine protein function Dictyostelium.​

Selected Publications

* For a complete list of publications, please click here to visit my Google Scholar Page.

  • Ide, Amber, Wight, Elise M., and Cynthia K. Damer. Phosphatidylserine exposure promotes increased adhesion in Dictyostelium Copine A mutants. PLoS ONE, 16: e0250710 (2021).
  • Wight, Elise M., Ide, Amber D and Cynthia K. Damer. CpnA regulates the size and exocytosis of contractile vacuoles and postlysosome in Dictyostelium. FEBS Open Bio, 10, 979-994 (2020).
  • Matthew J. Buccilli, April N. Ilacqua, Mingxi Han, Andrew A. Banas, Elise M. Wight, Hanqian Mao, Samantha P. Perry, Tasha S. Salter, David R. Loiselle, Timothy A.J. Haystead, and Cynthia K. Damer. Copine A Interacts with Actin Filaments and Plays a Role in Chemotaxis and Adhesion. Cells 8: 758 (2019)
  • Ilacqua, April N, Price, Janet M, Graham, Bria N, Buccilli, Matthew J, McKellar, Dexter M, and Cynthia K Damer. Cyclic AMP signaling in Dictyostelium promotes the translocation of the copine family of calcium-binding proteins to the plasma membrane. BMC Cell Biology, 19: 13 (2018)
  • ​​Flegel, Kerry A, Pineda, Jaimie M, Smith, Tasha S, Laszczyk, Ann M, Price, Janet M, Karasiewicz, Kristen M and Cynthia K Damer. Copine A is expressed in prestalk cells and regulates slug phototaxis and thermotaxis in developing Dictyostelium. Development, Growth, and Differentiation, 53: 948-959 (2011).
  • Brady, Rebecca J, Damer, Cynthia K, Heuser, John, and Theresa J O’Halloran.  Epsin and Hip1r regulate the temporal and spatial coupling of actin filaments to coated pits. Journal of Cell Science, 23: 3652-3661 (2010). 
  • Smith, Tasha S, Pineda, Jaime M, Donaghy, Alex C, and Cynthia K Damer. Copine A plays a role in stalk cell differentiation and the initiation of culmination in Dictyostelium development. BMC Developmental Biology, 10: 59(2010). 
  • Damer, Cynthia K, Ho, Lilian K, Bayeva, Marina, Kim, Pamela S, Eberhardt, Eric S, Socec, Catherine I, Lee, Jennifer S, Bruce, Emily, Goldman-Yassen, Adam, and Lauren C Naliboff.  Copine A is required for normal cytokinesis, contractile vacuole function, and development in Dictyostelium.  Eukaryotic Cell, 6: 430-432 (2007). 
  • Damer, Cynthia K, Bayeva, Marina, Hahn, Emily S, Rivera, Javier, and Catherine I Socec.  Copine A, a calcium-dependent membrane binding protein, transiently localizes to the plasma membrane and intracellular vacuoles in Dictyostelium.  BMC Cell Biology, 6: 46 (2005).