Julie L. Kadrmas, PhD

Research Interests

  • Integrin Signaling
  • Integrin Adhesion
  • Cell Migration
  • Metastasis
  • Drosophila melanogaster


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Oncological Sciences - Research Assistant Professor
  • Cancer Center Programs: Cell Response & Regulation

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-4634
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
    Department of Oncological Sciences
    2000 Circle of Hope, Room: 5343
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Julie Kadrmas, Ph.D. is an investigator in the Cell Response and Regulation Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her group is interested in understanding regulatory mechanisms controlling cell adhesion and migration, with implications for how cancer cells gain the capacity to leave the site of a primary tumor and migrate during metastasis. Through the examination of normal developmental processes in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, they characterize the functions of the integrin family of transmembrane receptors in regulating cell attachment and movement. Of particular interest is a molecular scaffolding protein called PINCH, which physically associates with integrins, as well as several additional PINCH protein partners that impinge upon distinct signaling cascades. Their work will provide a molecular understanding of how protein-protein interactions mediated by molecular scaffolds such as PINCH, integrate signals between multiple pathways to coordinate complex biological processes like cell adhesion and migration.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah, Department of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Duke University
Fellowship Duke University, National Institutes of Health
Undergraduate Bowling Green State University
Biology & Chemistry