Kelly R. Monk, Ph.D.

Kelly first fell in love with Schwann cells as a graduate student in Nancy Ratner’s lab at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. There, she used mouse and tissue culture to study axon-Schwann cell interactions in preneoplasticmodels. In 2006, she joined Will Talbot’s lab at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow, where she grew to love zebrafish almost as much as glia. In Will’s lab, Kelly helped to discover that the adhesion G protein-coupled receptor Gpr126 is essential for Schwan cell myelination. Importantly, she followed up these experiments in mouse to show that the function of Gpr126 is conserved in mammalian Schwann cells. In 2011, Kelly started her own lab in the Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her lab uses both mouse and zebrafish models to understand how myelinated axons are formed, maintained, and regenerated.


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