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Anna Cassidy

Graduate Student, Cell and Developmental Biology

  • Anna is a graduate student in cellular biology. She went to University of Pittsburgh and got a degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. She joined the lab in April 2022, and since then her project focuses on investigating the regulation of microtubule stability and dynamics in cells vs in vitro. A fun fact about Anna is when she graduated from high school, she was a member of team USA and competed at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in Singapore.


Pacheco, J., Cassidy, A. C., Zewe, J. P., Wills, R. C., & Hammond, G. R. V (2023). PI(4,5)P2 diffuses freely in the plasma membrane even within high-density effector protein complexes. The Journal of cell biology, 222(2), e202204099.

Honors and Awards

2023 – 2024 Vanderbilt Graduate School Travel Grant
2022 – 2024 NIH Training Grant (T32) Molecular Biophysics (5T32GM008320)
2023 – 2024 V-CoM Collaborative Research Proposal Award
2023 3rd Place Student Poster Award, Vanderbilt Center of Mechanobiology Retreat
2nd Place Student Poster Award, Mid-South Biophysics Symposium
2022 Selected Student Speaker, Simple Beginnings Lab Coat Ceremony

External Presentations


  • Poster Flash Talk of Investigating the role of the GTP-cap in the regulation of microtubule dynamics in mammalian cells” at Mid-South Biophysics Symposium
  • Poster Presentation of “Investigating the role of the GTP-cap in the regulation of microtubule dynamics in mammalian cells” at American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB | EMBO) Cell Bio Annual Meeting

Teaching and Outreach

Scientific Outreach Instructor via the Skype a Scientist Program

  • The Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA, 7th grade, 25
  • 156th Street Elementary, Gardena, CA, 2nd grade, 24 students
  • Lakeview Elementary, Albert Lea, MN, 5th Grade, 75 students
  • Nottoway High School, Crewe, VA, 9th grade, 25 students
  • Kuemper Catholic, Carroll, Iowa, 6th Grade, 96 student

University Involvement

Department Social Committee Chair, Cell and Developmental Biology
Graduate Student Association (GSA)

  • Help plan department happy hours, the holiday party, and the department retreat