Natalie Andrew

Cell Movements

Thesis:Pseudopod Generation and the Mechanism of Chemotaxis in Low Chemotactic Gradients

Using quantitative analysis of pseudopod generation in Dictyostelium discoideum, I developed a new model of eukaryotic chemotaxis that challenged the existing paradigm. My research determined that directional sensing is mediated by maintaining the most accurate existing pseudopod, rather than through generation of new ones. Results published in Nature Cell Biology.