Liz Willey.JPG

Research Associate

I received my bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology from California State University, San Francisco and my MSc in developmental biology from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie/Sorbonne University in Paris. During my graduate work in the Daniel Vaiman group, I studied IVF in humans and mice, and examined the role of cumulus cells during fecundation. In the Dillin lab, my goals are to better understand how protein homeostasis in glial cells deteriorates with age and within the context of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease. When not in the lab, I can be found baking something amazing, camping, quilting or hiking the tallest mountains with friends. 



Nguyen QH, Pervolarakis N, Blake K, Ma D, Davis RT, James N, Phung AT, Willey E, Kumar R, Jabart E, Driver I, Rock J, Goga A, Khan SA, Lawson DA, Werb Z, Kessenbrock K. Profiling human breast epithelial cells using single cell RNA sequencing identifies cell diversity. Nature Communications. 2018 May 23;9(1):2028.



Camarda R, Williams J, Malkov S, Zimmerman L, Manning S, Aran D, Beardsley A, Van de Mark D, van Haren J, Chen Y, Berdan C, Louie S, Mahieu C, Winkler J, Willey E, Gagnon J, Shinoda K, Ansel KM, Werb Z, Nomura D, Kajimura S, Wittmann T, Butte A, Sanders M, Liebler D, Rugo H, Krings J, Shepherd J, Goga A. Tumor cell-adipocyte gap junctions activate lipolysis in breast cancer. 2018, submitted to Science (under review) 


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