David Kashatus Laboratory
Kashatus Lab UVA


David Kashatusl, PhD

David Kashatus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dave received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, studying under Al Baldwin. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Chris Counter at Duke University, he moved to UVA in 2012. Dave’s lab is interested in the role of mitochondrial dynamics in tumorigenesis.

Graduate Students

Aldo Nascimento

Aldo got his B.A. in Biology from Harvard University in 2011. He is currently focused on the regulation of mitochondrial fission by signaling pathways downstream of oncogenic Ras.



Sarah Pollock

Sarah got her B.A. in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College in 2013. She is currently focused on the molecular mechanisms that govern the removal of damaged mitochondria from the mitochondrial network.


Sarbajeet Nagdas

Sarbajeet Nagdas

Sarb graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He is using patient-derived xenografts to explore whether manipulation of mitochondrial dynamics is a viable therapeutic strategy for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.



Undergraduate Students

Ashley Ferguson

Ashley is studying signaling pathways that regulate the changes in mitochondrial morphology induced by nutrient restriction.



Riley Trainor

Riley is helping to develop genetically engineered mouse models that explore the role of mitochondrial dynamics in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.



Austin Schinlever

Austin is exploring the molecular mechanisms of Pink1/Parkin-mediated mitophagy.



Senior Laboratory Specialist

Jennifer Kashatus

Jen received her B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1996. She has worked in academia and industry for 15 years before joining the lab in 2012.  Jen has a range of experience in nuclear receptors, adipogenesis, gut biology and circadian biology.  She currently manages the lab and is studying how inhibition of mitochondrial fission in tumor cells affects cell proliferation and metabolism.



Former Lab Members

Lindsey Myers, 2012-2015
Brian Chen, 2012-2015
Allison Meadows, 2013-2015
Sarah Heuer, 2013-2015