Meet the PI

Meet the Principal Investigator

Daniela Nicastro, Ph.D.

Daniela Nicastro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Biophysics

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Ph.D. (2000) Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich,Germany

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Positions

1995:  Dipl. Biol. (equivalent of M.S.) in Biology, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

1996-2000: Ph.D. study in Biology, Ludwig Maximilians University and Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, Germany

2000-2001: Postdoctoral research in Structural Biology with Dr. Wolfgang Baumeister, MPI for Biochemistry, Munich, Germany

2001-2006: Postdoctoral research in Structural Cell Biology with Dr. Richard J. McIntosh, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

2006-2013:  Assistant Professor of Biology, Brandeis University, Massachusetts

2013-2015: Associate Professor of Biology, Brandeis University, Massachusetts

2015 July - present: Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Biophysics, UT Southwestern

Honors

1996-1998: Graduate scholarship for Junior Scientists, Ludwig Maximilians University and Bavaria, Germany.

1998-2000: Graduate scholarship, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, Germany.

2000-2001: Postdoctoral scholarship,Max Planck Society, Germany.

2007-2011: Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

2008: Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty

2008: WM Keck Foundation Research Excellence Award

2008 - present: LAS (Local Affiliated Societies) tour speaker for the Microscopy Society of America

2009-2012 W.M. Keck Foundation Science and Engineering Research Grants Award

2014 Keith R. Porter Fellow

 

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

Editorial Board member: Cytoskeleton

Reviewer of grant proposals: National Science Foundation

Reviewer for journals: Journal of Structural Biology, Journal of Molecular Biology, Nature, PNAS, Cytoskeleton

Membership: American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), Microscopy Society of America (MSA)

Conference Session Chairs: Tomography Session at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, San Antonio, TX (2003); “Isolated Proteins and Filaments” at the GRC on 3D Electron Microscopy, New London, NH (2007); Tomography Session at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (2007); Mini-symposium on “Molecular Motors: Alone and in Groups” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the ASCB (2007); Tomography session at the GRC on 3D Electron Microscopy, Lucca, Italy (2008); Chair of Tomography Session at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2012); Session chair at the 7th International Electron Tomography Conference, Cancun, Mexico (2014)

Instructional activities: IMOD workshop, Boulder, Colorado (2003, 2004); Cryo-EM Workshops at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California (2003); Guest lecturer at Cold-Spring Harbor Laboratories (2006); Workshop Speaker at the CBS/Imaging Center and MRSEC at the University of Minnesota (2008); EMBO electron tomography workshop in Leiden, Netherlands (2009); Workshop on 3D Solutions in Cryo-Electron Microscopy in Barcelona, Spain (2013)