March 15, 2023

Yadav Lab is so excited and grateful to have the funding support from National Institute of Mental Health on a new R01 to study kinase dysfunction in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders!

March 9, 2023

Josie Sejd presented her work on NUAK1 kinase at the University of Washington- Kobe University symposium!

January 25, 2023

Sarah John was selected to participate in the Stanford Brain Organogenesis Workshop 2023! Sarah had a great time and will be the first in lab to venture on making brain organoids to model TAOK1 dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders!!

January 19, 2023

Excited to share that our research findings on TAOK1 were featured in the autism newsletter Spectrum. Thanks Holly Barker on an excellent spotlight on our work on TAO kinases.

Mutations in autism-linked gene cause membrane mischief

January 4, 2023

Pharmacology first year graduate student Marta Trzeciak joins the Yadav lab for her second rotation. Welcome Marta!

January 3, 2023

Excited to share our latest findings on how TAOK1 kinase mutations contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, published today in Science Signaling. Congratulations Neal Beeman!

Neurodevelopmental disorder–associated mutations in TAOK1 reveal its function as a plasma membrane remodeling kinase

Aberrant membrane remodeling by neurodevelopmental disorder associated TAOK1 mutations


October 15, 2022

We bid farewell to Dr. Amy Ferreccio as she joins her position as a Senior Scientist at Astellas Inc. Congratulations Amy and all the success to you!

September 22, 2022

The Yadav lab had a great time at the UW Pharmacology annual retreat! Neal gave a talk on his work on TAOK1 kinase. Amy, Josie, and Sarah presented posters on their ongoing work! And both Amy and Josie won the best poster prizes!!

September 20, 2022

Check out this review on regulation of the septin cytoskeleton by protein kinases, beautifully written and illustrated by Bailey Werner.

Septin phosphorylation in neurodevelopment, Werner and Yadav, Cytoskeleton 2022

Phosphoregulation of the Septin Cytoskeleton in Neuronal Development and Disease Bailey Werner and Smita Yadav. Cytoskeleton 2022 Sep 20. doi: 10.1002/cm.21728. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36127729 Link

September 16, 2022

Dr. Amy Ferreccio gave a wonderful talk on her work at the UW ISCRM Fall Symposium.

July 25, 2022

Our newest lab manager is Moira Cornell who is a recent UW graduate majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Applied Mathematics. Welcome to the lab Moira!

July 7, 2022

Check out the Yadav lab’s latest preprint. Neal Beeman a research scientist in the Yadav lab found that TAOK1 is a plasma membrane remodeling kinase. We characterized neurodevelopmental disorder associated mutations in TAOK1 and found that several variants cluster within the kinase domain and render the kinase catalytically dead. Surprisingly, kinase dead TAOK1 binds the plasma membrane and induces aberrant membrane protrusions that perturb neuronal development. We collaborated with Tanmay Sapre in Shao-En Ong’s lab to find residues that autoregulated membrane association of this unique kinase.

Neurodevelopmental disorder associated mutations in TAOK1 reveal its function as a plasma membrane remodeling kinase

June 30, 2022

We bid farewell to our fearless lab manager Bailey Werner! Bailey accepted a research fellowship at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Watch out for this rising star!

Good luck Bailey!!

June 20, 2022

Sarah John received the Graduate Student Conference Presentation Award to present a poster at the ASBMB Mass Spectrometry in the Health and Life Sciences conference held at the Broad Institute later this summer. Congrats Sarah!!

June 18, 2022

We are so excited for Sujin Byeon who is off to a summer internship at Latigo Biotherapeutics! See you back in Seattle in 3 months 🙂

June 14, 2022

Jodi Elish from UW Bothell will be doing some cool science this summer in the Yadav Lab with her mentor Amy Ferreccio!! Watch out for her presentation later this summer at ISCRM REU summer research symposium!

Welcome to the lab Jodi!

June 14, 2022

Official PhD hooding ceremony to celebrate Kimya Nourbakhsh’s many accomplishments. So happy to have you back in Seattle for the ceremony. Behold the Yadav Lab celebrating their first PhD gradaute Kimya (and her proud PI)!

Congrats Dr. Nourbakhsh!

June 8, 2022

Celebrating Sofia Laden’s graduation! Many congratulations Sofia, looking forward to all the amazing things ahead in your future!

May 4, 2022

Our study led by co-first authors Sujin and Bailey in collaboration with the Ong Lab on phosphorylation dependent interaction of Septin7 with 14-3-3 proteins is published in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. Check out the paper below.

Proteomic Identification of Phosphorylation-Dependent Septin 7 Interactors that Drive Dendritic Spine Formation

March 29, 2022

We are so excited to have Sarah John join us for her thesis work! Welcome to the lab Sarah!

February 14, 2022

Excited to have Sarah John, first year Pharmacology graduate student join us for her third research rotation. Welcome Sarah!

January 05, 2022

Dropped our latest pre-print by Sujin Byeon, Bailey Werner and Reilly Falter, where we report the proteomic identification of Septin7 interacting partner 14-3-3gamma that binds its C-terminal tail and protects its phosphorylation status thereby promoting dendritic spine stability.

Proteomic identification of phosphorylation dependent Septin 7 interactors that drive dendritic spine formation

Special thanks to our collaborator Shao-En Ong and his lab! The peptide binding/MS experiments were done by MCB graduate student Kristian Davidsen during his rotation, and Calvin Snyder in the Ong lab.

January 03, 2022

Pharmacology first year graduate student Chrystal Guzman joins us for her winter research rotation. Welcome Chrystal!


December 07, 2021

Check out our new paper in Developmental Cell, where we report that the autism risk gene TAOK2 encodes an ER kinase that tethers the ER to microtubules.

November 30, 2021

Our first graduate student Kimya Nourbakhsh successfully defended her thesis. Congrats Dr. Nourbakhsh!!

November 18, 2021

Smita gave the UW 2021 New Investigator Science in Medicine Lecture!

November 12, 2021

Josie Sejd presented her work at the poster session of the PSTP Symposium 2021! Josie’s work is funded by the PSTP T32 training grant.

November 8, 2021

Sujin Byeon presents her research in the poster session at the Society for Neuroscience Virtual Conference 2021!

November 3, 2021

Welcome Dez! Pharmacology first year graduate student Dez Coleman joins us for her first research rotation.

September 30, 2021

Amy Ferreccio presented her work at the ISCRM Fall Symposium 2021!

September 29, 2021

Andres Fernandez from the UW Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program starts his rotation in the Yadav Lab. Welcome Andrés!

September 24, 2021

Wonderful to see everyone and meet new graduate students at the Pharmacology Department retreat.

Kimya Nourbakhsh got the best poster award, and Neal Beeman won the best image award!!

July 01, 2021

Excited to have our new lab manager Bailey Werner join the lab!

Welcome to the lab Bailey!

June 30, 2021

We wish farewell to our Reilly Falter who is heading back to Utah to start graduate school this Fall! Congrats Reilly!

Lab farewell dinner for Reilly

June 17, 2021

Josie Sejd was awarded the Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant for her thesis project in the Yadav Lab. Congratulations Josie!

June 17, 2021

Our fearless undergraduate researcher Sofia Laden was awarded the ISCRM Undergraduate Summer Fellows award to work this summer in our lab with her mentor Amy Ferreccio!

Congrats Sofia and Amy!

June 9, 2021

Lab lunch celebrating Sujin’s successful general exam, and Turner and Bailey’s graduation!

June 4, 2021

Sujin Byeon is officially a neuroscience PhD candidate- Congratulations Sujin on passing your general exam with flying colors!

May 21, 2021

Turner Glenn and Bailey Werner present their research findings at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium!

Congrats Turner and Bailey!!

April 27, 2021

Kimya Nourbakhsh is invited to give a talk on her research work on a novel ER-microtubule tethering protein at the 2021 ASBMB annual meeting.

Congratulations Kimya!

April 22, 2021

Check out our first pre-print on BioRxiv.

Kimya and Amy are lead authors on our paper showing that TAOK2 is an ER kinase that tethers the endoplasmic reticulum membranes to microtubules.

TAOK2 is an ER-localized Kinase that Catalyzes the Dynamic Tethering of ER to Microtubules

March 19, 2021

Pharmacology graduate student Josie Sejd joins the Yadav lab for her thesis project. Welcome Josie!

February 14, 2021

We are on Twitter (finally!). Follow us at @YadavLabNeuro

February 10, 2021

Check out our review article Kinase Signaling in Dendritic Development and Disease, published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Congrats Kimya!

Kinases in Dendrite Development and Disease

January 04, 2021

Excited to have Josie Sejd from the Pharmacology graduate program and Sara Saavedra from the Neuroscience program start their Winter Rotation in our lab. Welcome Josie and Sara!


December 31, 2020

December 18, 2020

Yadav Lab Christmas Party!

November 01, 2020

We are happy to have three new undergraduate researchers join our Lab! Welcome to the lab, Gavin, Sofia and Victoria!

August 24, 2020

Sujin Byeon joins the Yadav Lab for her PhD thesis! Welcome to the lab, Sujin!

August 10, 2020

Sam Marcotte starts at her new position as Research Assistant in the Dixon lab at Salk Insitute! Congrats Sam!

July 1, 2020

Congratulations Daniel Guion for starting a new job at the Seattle based protein design start-up company Good Therapeutics!

June 23, 2020

We are excited to have Sujin Byeon, a first year Neuroscience graduate student start her Summer rotation project in our lab!

June 12, 2020

Many congratulations to the new graduates Sam Marcotte and Daniel Guion!!

April 16, 2020

Research scientist Dr. Neal Beeman joins the Yadav Lab!
Welcome to the lab Neal!

April 3, 2020

Madeline Gish joins the Yadav Lab for Spring rotation.
Welcome Madeline!

March 27, 2020

Daniel Guion received the Mary Gates Research Scholarship to support his undergraduate research project in the Yadav Lab. Congrats Daniel!

March 6, 2020

Amy Ferreccio received the ISCRM travel award to present her work at the ISSCR annual meeting in Boston! Congrats Amy!

January 3, 2020

We are really excited about funding from the Brotman Baty Institute for catalytic collaboration with the SEPS Lab to uncover the molecular mechanisms of autism spectrum disorders. Thank you for the support BBI!



December 27, 2019

Lab Christmas Tree! Holiday Cheers!


December 2, 2019

Yadav lab is awarded its first R01 grant from National Institute of Mental Health!

Screenshot_2019-12-27 NIMH » News Events

November 7, 2019

Lab lunch to celebrate Kimya’s successful general exam!


July 1, 2019

Reilly Falter is our new lab manager! Welcome to the lab Reilly!


June 28, 2019

Sending off Matt to grad school with a ‘mile high mud pie’! Farewell Matt, we will miss you!


June 24, 2019

Ananya Srivastava, a junior at Redmond High School joins us for a six week summer research internship! Welcome Ananya!!

June 15, 2019

Kimya Nourbakhsh is awarded funding for 2 years by the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (PSTP) grant!

Congrats Kimya!!

February 25, 2019

Smita’s latest paper “Glial ensheathment of the somatodendritic compartment regulates sensory neuron structure and activity” is now online at PNAS!


January 30, 2019

Smita received the Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award. Many thanks to the John H. Tietze Foundation Trust for supporting our research!

January 15, 2019

Our lab research is funded by the University of Washington Research Royalty Fund Award!

January 9, 2019

This quarter we have three graduate students in the lab for their rotation research projects! Gurdeep Sullan and Tim Locke from the Pharmacology graduate program, and Kristian Davidsen from the Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program.

Welcome Kristian, Gurdeep and Tim!


October 15, 2018

We have moved to a new location!

The Yadav Lab is now at Health Sciences Building J159!   Come say hello!

October 2, 2018

We are excited to have Emily Brown, a first year student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program start her Fall rotation project in our lab!

August 7, 2018

Smita receives the 2018 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation!


June 15, 2018

Kimya Nourbakhsh joins the lab for her PhD thesis!

Welcome Kimya!

June 4, 2018

Smita is invited to give a talk at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Phosphorylation and G-protein Mediated Signaling Networks

March 28, 2018

Kimya Nourbakhsh, a first year Pharmacology graduate student will be working on her rotation project in the Yadav lab for the spring quarter.

February 1, 2018

Amy joins the lab as a postdoctoral scholar.

Welcome Amy!

January 23, 2018

The Yadav Lab is funded by an NIMH R00 award.

January 18, 2018

Our report on the EMBO Workshop on the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Septins is published.

Shining Light on Septins!

January 5, 2018

Matt Bernard joins the lab as a research technician

Welcome Matt!

November 1, 2017

Yadav Lab is open! We are working on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders. Come join us!

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