2011 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Mathematics
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Julie Theriot, Professor of Biochemistry and of Microbiology and Immunology

Tunmise Olayinka was raised in central Florida, where he naturally developed a deep love for science. Working with Tony Tsai of the Theriot lab, Tunmise has explored the world of the microscopic and the motile, studying how the dynamic reorganization of actin and myosin in cell couple variations in its shape with its migratory phenotypes. Originally working with a neutrophil-like leukemic cell line, he has moved on to investigating these processes in the notorious slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum. Only the future knows what is in store for him and this fascinating amoeba!

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 17, 2011:

Characterizing the Morphospace of Dictyostelium discoideum and the Correlation with its Migration Dynamics

Tunmise Olayinka1, Tony Tsai2,3, Julie Theriot2,4
[Departments of Math & Computational Science1, Biochemistry2, Chemical and Systems Biology3, and Microbiology & Immunology4; Stanford University]