Accomplishments of Former Peifer Lab Grad Students

Mira Pronobis: 2010-2016 (Genetics and Molecular Biology)

Mira Pronobis


HHMI International Graduate Fellowship  ;   Runner-up, 2017 Larry Sandler Memorial Award for Best Thesis using Drosophila

LSRF Postdoctoral Fellow with Ken Poss HHMI/Duke University

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Devver




  • Schaefer, K.N., Pronobis, M., Williams, C.E., Zhang, S., Bauer, L., Goldfarb, D., Yan, F., Major, M.B., Peifer, M. (2020). Wnt Regulation: Exploring Axin-Disheveled interactions and defining mechanisms by which the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase is recruited to the destruction complex. Molecular Biology of the Cell 31, 992-1014.
  • Pronobis, M.I., Deuitch, N., Posham, V., Mimori-Kiyosue, Y. and Peifer, M.  (2017).  Reconstituting regulation of the canonical Wnt pathway by engineering a minimal βcatenin destruction machine.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 28, 41-53.
  • Pronobis, M.I., Deuitch, N., and Peifer, M. (2016). The Miraprep: A protocol that uses a Miniprep kit and provides Maxiprep yields. PLoS One 11, e0160509.
  • Pronobis, M.I., Rusan, N.M., and Peifer, M. (2015). A novel GSK3-regulated APC:Axin interaction regulates Wnt signaling by driving a catalytic cycle of efficient βcatenin destruction. eLife 4, e08022.
  • Roberts,D.M., Pronobis, M.I., Alexandre, K.M., Rogers, G.C., Poulton, J.S., Schneider, D.E., Jung, K.-C., McKay, D.J., and Peifer, M. (2012). Regulation of Wnt signaling by the tumor suppressor APC does not require ability to enter the nucleus nor a particular cytoplasmic localization. PLoS One 7: e31284.
  • Roberts,D.M., Pronobis, M.I., Poulton, J.S., Kane,E.G., and Peifer, M. (2012). Regulation of Wnt signaling by the tumor suppressor APC does not require ability to enter the nucleus nor a particular cytoplasmic localization. Molecular Biology of the Cell 23, 2041-56
  • Pronobis, M.I., and Peifer, M. (2012) Wnt signaling: The many interfaces of ß-catenin. Current Biology 22, R137-139.
  • Roberts,D.M., Pronobis, M.I., Poulton, J.S., Waldmann, J.D., Stephenson, E.M., Hanna, S., and Peifer, M. (2011). Deconstructing the ßcatenin destruction complex: mechanistic roles for the tumor suppressor APC in regulating Wnt signaling. Molecular Biology of the Cell 22, 1845-1863.

Stephanie Nowotarski: 2008-2014 (Biology)



Current Position

Postdoc with Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute/HHMI





  • Rogers, E.M., Spracklen, A.J., Bilancia, C.G., Sumigray, K.D., Allred, S.C., Nowotarski, S.N.,Schaefer, K. N., Ritchie, B.J., and Peifer, M. (2016). Abelson kinase acts as a robust, multifunctional scaffold in regulating embryonic morphogenesis. Molecular Biology of the Cell 27, 2613-31.
  • Nowotarski, S.H., McKeon, N., Moser, R.J., and Peifer, M. (2014).   The actin regulators Enabled and Diaphanous direct distinct protrusive behaviors in different tissues during Drosophila development. Molecular Biology of the Cell 25, 3147-65.
  • Kannan R, Kuzina I, WincovitchS, Nowotarski SH, Giniger E. (2014).  The Abl/Enabled signaling pathway regulates Golgi architecture in Drosophila photoreceptor neurons. Molecular Biology of the Cell 25, 2993-3005.
  • Nowotarski, S.H., and Peifer, M. (2014).   Cell Biology: A tense but good day for actin at cell-cell junctions. Current Biology 24, R688-90.
  • Bilancia, C.G. ,Winkelman, J.D., Tsygankov, D., Nowotarski, S.H. , Sees, J.A., Comber, K., Evans, I., Lakhani, V., Wood, W., Elston, T.C., and Peifer, M. 2014 . Enabled negatively regulates Diaphanous-driven actin dynamics in vitro and in vivo. Developmental Cell, 28, 394-408.
  • J-Y. Lin, W.J. Lin, W.-H. Hong, W.-C. Hung, S.H. Nowotarski, S. Montenegro Gouveia, I, Cristo and K.-H.Lin (2011) Morphology and organization of tissue cells in 3D microenvironment of monodisperse foam scaffolds. Soft Matter 7, 10010-10016.
  • Gates J, Nowotarski SH, Yin H, Mahaffey JP, Bridges T, Herrera C, Homem CC, Janody F, Montell DJ, Peifer M. (2009) Enabled and Capping protein play important roles in shaping cell behavior during Drosophila oogenesis. Developmental Biology, Sep 1;333(1):90-107.
  • Stevens T.L., Rogers E.M., Koontz L.M., Fox D.T., Homem C.C.F., Nowotarski S.H., Artabazon N.B., Peifer M. Using Bcr-Abl to Examine Mechanisms by Which Abl Kinase Regulates Morphogenesis in Drosophila. Molecular Biology o the Cell 2008 378 (19): 378-393.

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