New Studies on Cellular Protrusions at Bowdoin

Maine INBRE has awarded new Research Project funding to Michael Henderson, PhD, a Bowdoin College assistant professor whose research aims to provide new insights into the formation of actin-based structures in cells, contributing to the understanding of cellular physiology and offering potential avenues for therapeutic intervention in injury and disease. Dr. Henderson, who joined the Bowdoin faculty in July 2023, received his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago.

He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Institut Curie in Paris, where he received both a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and a Pasteur Foundation Fellowship, which supported his creation of a novel interdisciplinary and collaborative postdoctoral experience between two French biophysics and cell biology research groups.

“I am thrilled to have received the INBRE grant, which will be a catalyst for launching my new research program at Bowdoin College,” said Henderson. “This support is invaluable for junior faculty like myself to get our research off the ground, preparing us for future success in obtaining federal funding and connecting with the broader scientific community both within and outside the state of Maine. I look forward to the impact that the undergraduate researchers trained through this INBRE support and I will make in understanding the molecular mechanisms governing curvature generation and actin development in cellular protrusions.”

Dr. Henderson will be mentored by Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, PhD, an associate professor at Lehigh University, and Danielle Dube, PhD, a biochemistry professor at Bowdoin and former INBRE Project Leader.

Learn more about Dr. Henderson’s research in his most recent paper in The EMBO Journal and here: Unveiling the BAR “code” of srGAPs through phospholipid targeting, curvature preferences and actin regulation in the control of cellular protrusions.