Paul Forscher

(Leave of absence Spring 2015) Prof Mol Cell & Dev Biology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Research Interests

cytoskeleton; actin filament; microtubule; protein dynamics; axon growth; axon guidance; axon regeneration; mechanotransduction; calcium; Rho GTPase more...


  • Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, 1985

Selected Publications

  • Mejean, C.O., A.W. Schaefer, K.B. Buck, H. Kress, A. Shundrovsky, J.W. Merrill, E.R. Dufresne, and P. Forscher. 2013. Elastic coupling of nascent apCAM adhesions to flowing actin networks. PloS one. 8:e73389.
  • Yang, Q., X.F. Zhang, D. Van Goor, A.P. Dunn, C. Hyland, N. Medeiros, and P. Forscher. 2013. Protein kinase C activation decreases peripheral actin network density and increases central nonmuscle myosin II contractility in neuronal growth cones. Molecular biology of the cell. 24:3097-3114.
  • Yang, Q., X.F. Zhang, T.D. Pollard, and P. Forscher. 2012. Arp2/3 complex-dependent actin networks constrain myosin II function in driving retrograde actin flow. The Journal of cell biology. 197:939-956.



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