Nathalie Gerassimov sees herself foremost as a global citizen; she spent her childhood in Ukraine and her teenage years in Germany before coming to the United States. She is an ASBMB Today contributor for the same reasons she pursues science and art: to learn more about how this complicated and miraculous world works. When not writing articles, Gerassimov is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Chen-Ming Fan at the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, in Baltimore. Her research focuses on the adult muscle stem cells required for muscle regeneration. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine while working in the lab of Elizabeth Chen on the mechanism of cell–cell fusion required for myogenesis.
Articles by Nathalie Gerassimov
Using himself as a guinea pig, Michael Snyder has found that monitoring health baselines enables earlier disease diagnosis.
“If we want to change the narrative and landscape — we need everyone at the table to understand the issues and do part of the work.” — Keith Harmon, MSP director
JBC/Tabor award winner Wenchao Zhao studies Keshan disease, a nutrient deficiency named for the county in northeastern China where he grew up.
This Herbert Tabor Research Award winner is described as "the world leader in the study of the molecular mechanisms of muscular dystrophy.”
Allison’s support for diversity stems partially from her own experience in the 1980s when few women were high-ranking academic scientists.
Curbing the neurotoxic effects of beta-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s. Using proteomics to find targets to treat leishmaniasis, a sometimes-deadly parasitic disease. Turning white fat cells brite to treat obesity. Read about this work and more.
For three decades, Nicholas Tonks has been making discoveries in the field of protein tyrosine phosphatases, or PTPs, enzymes that regulate the signal transduction cascades of many cellular processes.
What structural features of a cortisol-producing enzyme could help in treating Cushing’s disease? Can melatonin be used to treat obesity? How does a gut pathogen evade antibiotic treatment? These and other questions are addressed in our roundup.
In the sixth year of her Ph.D. studies, Nathalie Gerassimov became a mother. Even with plenty of self-discipline and a strong support system, it was exhausting — but also transforming.
A gene that can both increase and decrease diabetes risk. A protein that makes tumor cells more aggressive. Citrus compounds that reverse obesity. Read about these topics and more in our roundup of recent papers from the Journal of Biological Che…
Steven Clarke of the University of California, Los Angeles, illuminated how protein modifications by methyl groups regulate fundamental biological processes.