Arash Bashirullah

Position title: Associate Professor


Phone: 608-890-1851

Intercellular communication: uncovering mechanisms that coordinate the development of multicellular organisms

5123 Rennebohm Hall
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Research: University of Utah
Research Interests
Intercellular communication: uncovering mechanisms that coordinate the development of multicellular organisms
Research Fields
Disease Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Genetics, Drosophila

Research Description:
Progression through developmental transitions and maintenance of homeostatic physiology in adult organisms both require exquisite control of inter-organ communication. This communication is carried out by professional secretory cells, which are specialized for stimulus-dependent release of specific cargo proteins via regulated exocytosis. Given the central importance of this process, it is not surprising that defects in regulated exocytosis underlie many common and debilitating human diseases in neurons and in endocrine and exocrine organs. However, with the exception of the membrane fusion events that occur during cargo release, many cellular processes during regulated exocytosis remain poorly understood. Chemical mutagenesis screens in our lab looking for mutations that disrupt progression through development have revealed novel genetic regulators that are required for regulated exocytosis but function prior to cargo release. In these mutant strains, secretory cargo is produced but is not secreted, a phenotype highly reminiscent of defects observed in secretory diseases like type 2 diabetes and others. Collectively, these newly-identified genes outline previously uncharacterized cellular pathways that prepare secretory granules for exocytosis and will likely provide novel insights into the etiology of secretion based diseases.

Representative Publications:
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Neuman, S.D., T.P. Levine, and A. Bashirullah (2022). A novel superfamily of bridge-like lipid transfer proteins. Trends in Cell Biology,

Neuman, S.D., Jorgensen, J.R., Cavanagh, A.T., Smyth, J.T., Selegue, J.E., Emr, S.D., and A. Bashirullah(2022). The Hob proteins are novel and conserved lipid binding proteins at ER-PM contact sites. Journal of Cell Science, 135(5):jcs259086

Neuman, S.D., Lee, A.R., Selegue, J.E., Cavanagh, A.T., and A. Bashirullah(2021). A novel function for Rab1 and Rab11 during secretory granule maturation. Journal of Cell Science, 134(15):jcs259037.

Neuman, S.D., E.L. Terry, J.E. Selegue, A.T. Cavanagh, & A. Bashirullah. (2021). Mistargetting of secretory cargo in retromer-deficient cells. Disease Models & Mechanisms, 14:dmm046417.