Wecome to the Morgenstein Lab.

First a little information about myself:
I received a B.S. in Microbial Biology (honors) and a B.A. in Classical Civilizations from UC Berkeley in 2006.
I then moved across the country to receive a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University in 2011.
Finally, I did a post-doc in the lab of Zemer Gitai at Princeton from 2011-2016.
I am currently an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, where I have been for ~2 years

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My lab is interested in the interplay between the bacterial cytoskeleton, cell shape, and cell physiology. Our main focus is on the actin homolog, MreB, how MreB is organized in the cell, how this leads to cell shape, and the consequences of perturbing the cytoskeleton. Previous work has examined the role of the protein RodZ in controling MreB dynamics, localization, and polymerization.


For more information about current projects in the lab please see Research or visit our twitter page to keep up with the lab @LabMorgenstein



Interested in learning how to image cells in 3D? Check out our JoVE article to find out more.

Congrats to Brody Barton for a great talk at the Oklahoma Academy of Science Technical Meeting 2019!

The lab welcomes 2 new Freshman Research Scholars: Jada Lusk and Ashlyn Enright.

Congrats to Ryan Sloan for winning a Wentz Scholarship for the 2019/2020 school year!

Congratulations to Ryan Pruitt for coming in first place in at the MMG symposium!!

Ryan Sloan, Ryan Pruitt, Addy Grinnell, and Suman Maharjan all did a great job presenting at the MMG symposium (April 12, 2019)

Lets welcome 2 Freshman Research Scholars to the lab: Ryan P and Ryan S!

Our paper was accepted to Nature Communications and is currently availble to read. Check it out in  Publications