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John Cumbers

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
Box G-W
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

John underscore Cumbers at brown dot edu

Hi, I'm a graduate student in the Tatar lab at Brown University.

Research Interests

  • Synthetic biology with applications to the space industry
  • Standards and part characterization for synthetic biology
  • Mechanisms of aging, diet restriction and insulin signaling


Ph.D student, Brown University 2005-present
M.Sc, University of Edinburgh, 2005 (Bioinformatics)
B.Sc, University of Hull, 2004 (Computer Science with Information Engineering)


Flatt, T., Min, K.-J., D’Alberto, C., Villa-Cuesta, E., Cumbers, J., Lehmann, R., Jones, D.L., and M. Tatar. 2008. Drosophila Germ Line Modulation of Insulin Signaling and Lifespan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Accepted, In Press.

Drosophila Germ Line Modulation of Insulin Signaling and Lifespan Flatt, T., Min, K., D’Alterio, C., Villa-Cuesta, E., Cumbers, J., Lehmann,R., Jones, D.L., Tatar,M., PNAS (in press 2008).

Progress toward construction and modelling of a tri-stable toggle switch in E. coli Lohmueller, J.; Neretti, N.; Hickey, B.; Kaka, A.; Gao, A.; Lemon, J.; Lattanzi, V.; Goldstein, P.; Tam, L.K.; Schmidt, M.; Brodsky, A.S.; Haberstroh, K.; Morgan, J.; Palmore, T.; Wessel, G.; Jaklenec, A.; Urabe, H.; Gagnon, J.; Cumbers, J. IET Synthetic Biology, 2007.

Annual Report for the American Federation for Aging Research. 2006 (Cover art, Insulin vesicles in the fruit fly brain, confocal microscopy, Left)

Conference posters and abstracts

BioSysBio 2007: Conference in Systems Biology, Bioinformatics and Synthetic Biology Manchester, UK. 11-13 January 2007. Abstracts. Editor. BMC Syst Biol. 2007;1 Suppl 1:P1-S15.

Constructing a insulin sensitive cell, second international conference on synthetic biology (2.0). Poster UC Berkeley. 2006

Computational Analysis of Insulin in the Ageing Fruit Fly Cumbers, J., and Armstrong, J.D. Abstract from BioSysBio 2005: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Conference, Edinburgh, UK, BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6(Suppl 3):P9 doi:10.1186/1471-2105-6-S3-P9

BioSysBio: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Conference. Edinburgh, UK. 14-15 July 2005. Abstracts. BMC Bioinformatics. 2005 Sep 9;6 Suppl 3:P21-29, S1-15. PMID: 16219110 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Science mutterings

OWW mutterings

General mutterings


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