Camille Fulmore

Graduate Student

Co-Advised by Sanjay Kumar

Previous Education:

M.S. in Biotechnology at New York University & B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and B.S. in Biotechnology at University of Central Florida

Project Title:

Exploring the Dynamics of Mechanotransduction on Neural Stem Cell Fate


I am interested in probing the signaling pathways and cytoskeletal components involved in neural stem cell (NSC) fate commitment that are responsive to mechanical changes in the cells’ environment. A large hurdle to studying neurodegenerative diseases is there’s not a totally suitable model that’s able to recapitulate the complexities of the brain. By using NSC’s and and hyaluronic acid-based hydrogels, we are able to manipulate properties of the cells environment which control the cell’s fate similarly to changing properties within the extracellular matrix (ECM) in vivo. I hope to further investigate how changes in the ECM can be mechanically transduced through the nucleus to impact downstream gene expression.


Hula hooping, caring for plants, cooking and eating delicious foods, pilates, long boarding, scuba diving, roller skating, cycling, going to concerts, hiking with my dog, and painting!