Lab Members

Indra Chandrasekar, PhD
Indra obtained her Master’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Her passion for Cell Biology took her to cytoskeletal research pioneer Dr. Brigitte M. Jockusch’s Lab in Germany, where she received training in basic cell biology concepts and techniques. After receiving her Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat) degree from Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany, she moved to the U.S. Indra performed a short postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of renowned actin biologist Dr.John Cooper at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to continue her training in cytoskeletal research. After a baby break, she joined the lab of Dr. Paul Bridgman, an expert cellular neurobiologist and EM specialist at Washington University, where she received training in neuronal cytoskeleton, mouse models and advanced microscopy techniques. She is currently an Assistant Scientist in the Enabling Technologies Group at Sanford Research, establishing her lab that will study membrane trafficking in vertebrate systems.

Karla Otterpohl, PhD

Karla graduated with her doctorate in genetics from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015. She is well trained in mouse genetics and generated congenic mouse models to study genetic modifiers in intestinal tumorigenesis during her graduate work. She joined the Chandrasekar Lab to further her training in cell biology and advanced microscopy techniques. Karla works on understanding the role of Nonmuscle myosin II in cell and organ functions using both cell culture methods and mouse models.

Ryan Hart, MS

Ryan graduated with his master’s degree in biomedical sciences from A.T. Still University, Missouri in 2013. He worked as a lab manager in Phoenix Children’s Hospital for two years. He moved to Sioux Falls in summer of 2015 and started working in the Chandrasekar Lab. Ryan manages the mouse colony in the lab and also works on protein interaction studies using novel biochemical methods