Jennifer Ross, physics

Associate professor, physics

Phone: (413) 545-2399


Jennifer Ross studies how the microtubule cytoskeleton organizes the interior of living cells. Correct microtubule organization is essential to many cellular processes including cell division; neuronal cell development, differentiation and maintenance; plant cell cellulose deposition; and ciliary beating in the lungs, kidneys and intestines. Failure to create the correct microtubule network in these processes results in cancer and birth defects, brain abnormalities and neuromuscular diseases, fragile plants, tumors and cell death. Ross’ research group investigates the underlying physical principles governing microtubule organization to address this large number of essential cellular processes.