christine field

Dr. Christine Field studied syncytial division in Drosophila embryos with Dr. Bruce Alberts at the University of California in San Francisco during the 1990s, where she discovered the conserved cleavage furrow protein Anillin and also the organization of septin GTP-binding proteins into complexes and linear filaments.  Christine moved to Harvard Medical School in 1997, where she finished her PhD working with Dr Marc Kirschner, and established a research program on cell division mechanism and cytoplasmic organization during early cleavage stages of Xenopus laevis embryogenesis.  In recent years she made extensive progress on the classic question of how spatial information is relayed from mitotic spindles to the egg cortex to position cleavage furrows.  From 2010 to present Christine has been a Whitman summer researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, working in various systems; frog eggs and extract, marine fungi and a quick look at Nematostella.