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Ugo Ihenacho

Ugo Ihenacho

Graduate Student


  • Biochemistry

Contact Information


Mentor: Blake Hill, PhD
Year Entered MCW: 2017
Previous Education: BS, Biology; Minor, Biochemistry, Northwest Missouri State University

Research Interests

I like to think I am a Cell Biologist with a keen eye for Biochemistry. Overall, my research interest is understanding inter-organelle communications, and how their complex interplay determines cell fate. Currently, my work is focused on studying the physiological functions of Fis1-mediated mitochondrial dynamics in cellular homeostasis.


Egner JM, Harwig MC, Tessmer MH, Noey EL, Ihenacho UK, Peterson FC, Widlansky M, Hill RB. Structural studies of human Fis1 reveals a dynamic region important for Drp1 recruitment and mitochondrial fission. (In revision)

Sun G, Guzman E, Balasanyan V, et al. A molecular signature for anastasis, recovery from the brink of apoptotic cell death. J Cell Biol. 2017;216(10):3355–3368. doi:10.1083/jcb.201706134. (Acknowledged as a contributor).

Ding AX, Sun G, Argaw YG, Wong JO, Easwaran S, Montell DJ. CasExpress reveals widespread and diverse patterns of cell survival of caspase-3 activation during development in vivo. Elife. 2016;5: e10936. Published 2016 Apr 8. doi:10.7554/eLife.10936. (Acknowledged as a contributor).