26478-Ems-McClung, Stephanie

Stephanie C. Ems-McClung, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Phone 812-855-6785
Bloomington, IN 47405


I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.S. in Biology in 1991 and then graduated from the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis with a Ph.D. in 1998. I came to Claire Walczak’s lab in 2001 as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to Research Asst. Professor in 2005. My interests are in the biochemical mechanisms that regulate molecular motor proteins that affect cytoskeletal dynamics. I love applying diverse biochemical and biophysical approaches to answer fundamental questions about how cells assemble the mitotic spindle to properly segregate their chromosomes. I am also deeply interested in how protein structure coordinates biochemical activity of proteins.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Research Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Education
    1998 PhD Indiana University
    1991 BS Indiana University
  • Research

    Spindle assembly, molecular motor activity and how they organize microtubules within the spindle, kinetochore function, and protein structure function relationships

  • Publications
    The far C-terminus of MCAK regulates its conformation and spindle pole focusing.
    Zong H; Carnes SK; Moe C; Walczak CE; Ems-McClung SC; Molecular biology of the cell 2016 Mar 3
  • Professional Organizations
    American Society for Cell Biology
    Biophysical Society

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