Biology Department
Quynh Chu-LaGraff

Quynh Chu-LaGraff

Job Title
Professor of Biological Sciences
Butterfield Hall 310

Research interests

I am a developmental neurobiologist whose work spans from studying mechanisms of embryonic CNS development using Drosophila as a model, to understanding how organellar dysfunctions leads to pathogenesis in a group of neurological disorders called Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCLs). My current research examines potential molecules affecting mitochondria dynamics and morphology in NCL patient primary fibroblasts.

Teaching interests

Courses: Topics in Molecular Biology (BIO 205), Neurobiology (BIO 242), Epigenetics (BIO 364), Topics in Cellular Neurosciences (BIO 363)


Student authors italicized

  • Balouch, B., Nagorsky H., Pham T., Thai LaGraff, J. and Chu-LaGraff, Q.(2021) Human INCL fibroblasts display abnormal mitochondrial and lysosomal networks and heightened susceptibility to ROS-induced cell death. PLOS ONE, February 9, 2021.
  • Glaser, R., Hickey, A., Chotkowski, and Chu-LaGraff, Q. (2003). Characterization of Drosophila palmitoyl protein thioesterase 1. Gene 312:271-9.
  • Chu-LaGraff, Q., Kang, X.W., Messer, A. (2001). Expression of the Huntington’s Disease transgene in neural stem cell cultures from R6/2 transgenic mice. Brain Research Bulletin 56(3-4):307-12.

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Academic credentials

A.B., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign