Megan Povelones

Megan Povelones
Assistant Professor, Biology
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Megan Lindsay Povelones received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Maryland in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2008. She then performed postdoctoral work in the United Kingdom, first at the University of Oxford and then at Imperial College London. Her research interests include single-celled parasitic organisms, including the human pathogen Trypanosoma brucei, which is the causative agent of African sleeping sickness. This devastating disease has an unusually high mortality rate, and affects tens of thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, these fascinating parasites have many unique biological properties, including the structure and function of their mitochondrion and the unusual arrangement of their mitochondrial genome.

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Recent Publications

Povelones, M. L., (2014) Beyond replication: division and segregation of mitochondrial DNA in kinetoplastids. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology. 196 (1) 53-60.

Povelones, M. L., Tiengwe, C., Gluenz, E., Gull, K., Englund, P. T., Jensen, R. E. (2013) Mitochondrial shape and function in trypanosomes requires the outer membrane protein, TbLOK1. Molecular Microbiology. 87 (4), 713-29.

Povelones, M.L., Gluenz, E., Dembek, M., Gull, K., Rudenko, G. (2012) Histone H1 plays a role in heterochromatin formation and VSG expression site silencing in Trypanosoma brucei. PLoS Pathogens, 8 (11), e1003010.

Clayton, A.M.*, Guler, J. L.*, Povelones, M. L.*, Gluenz, E., Gull, K. Smith, T.K., Jensen, R.E., Englund, P. T. (2011) Depletion of mitochondrial acyl carrier protein in bloodstream form Trypanosoma brucei causes a kinetoplast segregation defect. Eukaryotic Cell, 10 (3), 286-92 *co-first authors.

Gluenz, E.*, Povelones, M. L.*, Englund, P. T., Gull, K. (2011) The kinetoplast duplication cycle in Trypanosoma brucei is orchestrated by cytoskeleton-mediated cell morphogenesis. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 31 (5), 1012-21 *co-first authors

Liu, B., Wang, J., Yaffe, N., Lindsay, M.E., Zhao, Z., Zick, A., Shlomai, J., Englund, P.T. (2009) Trypanosomes have six mitochondrial DNA helicases with one controlling kinetoplast maxicircle replication. Molecular Cell, 35 (4), 490-501.