Research Summary

My lab aims to define the rules used by cells to self-organize into structurally ordered tissues, and to reveal how tissue structure guides the flow of chemical, mechanical, and electrical information between cells to coordinate collective decisions and behaviors. A better understanding of these processes will guide the development of new therapies for regenerative medicine and new strategies to block the progression of cancer. My lab’s multidisciplinary approach is uniquely suited to tackling these problems. We apply concepts and methods from chemistry, biology, and engineering, and develop new and enabling technologies when existing methods are insufficient for our experimental needs.

Research Funding

  • May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2025 - Understanding breast cancer progression as a defect in the mechanics of tissue self-organization, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U01CA244109
  • September 20, 2019 - June 30, 2023 - MULTIseq: multiplexing massively parallel single cell transcriptional analysis across time, space, and conditions, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIGMS, Sponsor Award ID: R01GM135462
  • September 30, 2013 - July 31, 2018 - Total synthesis of the human mammary gland, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NICHD, Sponsor Award ID: DP2HD080351
  • September 18, 2014 - August 31, 2016 - Identifying the intercellular networks regulating estrogen receptor expression with a high definition single cell printer, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA195709

Education

University of California, Berkeley B.S. 1994-1999 Chemistry
Harvard University M.S. Ph.D. 1999-2004 Chemical Biology
University of California, Berkeley Postdoctoral 2005-2008 Chemical Biology

Honors & Awards

  • 2000
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2003
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship
  • 2003
    Harvard Merit Fellowship
  • 2005
    IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists
  • 2006
    Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2008
    Sandler Opportunity Award
  • 2010
    Kimmel Scholar Award
  • 2010
    Era of Hope Scholar Award
  • 2013
    NIH New Innovator Award
  • 2017
    Named to first cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

Selected Publications

  1. Thibodeau A, Eroglu A, McGinnis CS, Lawlor N, Nehar-Belaid D, Kursawe R, Marches R, Conrad DN, Kuchel GA, Gartner ZJ, Banchereau J, Stitzel ML, Cicek AE, Ucar D. AMULET: a novel read count-based method for effective multiplet detection from single nucleus ATAC-seq data. Genome Biol. 2021 09 01; 22(1):252.  View on PubMed
  2. Kindberg AA, Srivastava V, Muncie JM, Weaver VM, Gartner ZJ, Bush JO. EPH/EPHRIN regulates cellular organization by actomyosin contractility effects on cell contacts. J Cell Biol. 2021 Jun 07; 220(6).  View on PubMed
  3. Huang L, Desai R, Conrad DN, Leite NC, Akshinthala D, Lim CM, Gonzalez R, Muthuswamy LB, Gartner Z, Muthuswamy SK. Commitment and oncogene-induced plasticity of human stem cell-derived pancreatic acinar and ductal organoids. Cell Stem Cell. 2021 06 03; 28(6):1090-1104.e6.  View on PubMed
  4. Lenne PF, Munro E, Heemskerk I, Warmflash A, Bocanegra-Moreno L, Kishi K, Kicheva A, Long Y, Fruleux A, Boudaoud A, Saunders TE, Caldarelli P, Michaut A, Gros J, Maroudas-Sacks Y, Keren K, Hannezo E, Gartner ZJ, Stormo B, Gladfelter A, Rodrigues A, Shyer A, Minc N, Maître JL, Di Talia S, Khamaisi B, Sprinzak D, Tlili S. Roadmap for the multiscale coupling of biochemical and mechanical signals during development. Phys Biol. 2021 04 14; 18(4).  View on PubMed
  5. Hernandez-Lopez RA, Yu W, Cabral KA, Creasey OA, Lopez Pazmino MDP, Tonai Y, De Guzman A, Mäkelä A, Saksela K, Gartner ZJ, Lim WA. T cell circuits that sense antigen density with an ultrasensitive threshold. Science. 2021 03 12; 371(6534):1166-1171.  View on PubMed
  6. Cabral KA, Patterson DM, Scheideler OJ, Cole R, Abate AR, Schaffer DV, Sohn LL, Gartner ZJ. Simple, Affordable, and Modular Patterning of Cells using DNA. J Vis Exp. 2021 02 24; (168).  View on PubMed
  7. Zhang JQ, Siltanen CA, Dolatmoradi A, Sun C, Chang KC, Cole RH, Gartner ZJ, Abate AR. High diversity droplet microfluidic libraries generated with a commercial liquid spotter. Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 23; 11(1):4351.  View on PubMed
  8. Martyn I, Gartner ZJ. Expanding the boundaries of synthetic development. Dev Biol. 2021 06; 474:62-70.  View on PubMed
  9. Vasudha Srivastava, Jennifer L. Hu, James C. Garbe, Martha R. Stampfer, Mark A. LaBarge, Matthew Thomson, Zev J. Gartner. Identifying Enthalpic Barriers to Entropically-Driven Structural Disruption in Breast Cancers. Biophysical Journal. 2021 Feb 1; 120(3):196a.  View on PubMed
  10. McGinnis CS, Siegel DA, Xie G, Hartoularos G, Stone M, Ye CJ, Gartner ZJ, Roan NR, Lee SA. No detectable alloreactive transcriptional responses under standard sample preparation conditions during donor-multiplexed single-cell RNA sequencing of peripheral blood mononuclear cells. BMC Biol. 2021 01 20; 19(1):10.  View on PubMed
  11. Gartner ZJ, Hu JL. Guiding tissue-scale self-organization. Nat Mater. 2021 01; 20(1):2-3.  View on PubMed
  12. Hu KH, Eichorst JP, McGinnis CS, Patterson DM, Chow ED, Kersten K, Jameson SC, Gartner ZJ, Rao AA, Krummel MF. ZipSeq: barcoding for real-time mapping of single cell transcriptomes. Nat Methods. 2020 08; 17(8):833-843.  View on PubMed
  13. Srivastava V, Huycke TR, Phong KT, Gartner ZJ. Organoid models for mammary gland dynamics and breast cancer. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2020 10; 66:51-58.  View on PubMed
  14. OLIVIA A. CREASEY, JULIE B. SNEDDON, ZEV J. GARTNER. 2063-P: Quantitative Analysis of Human and Mouse Islet Tissue Structure. Diabetes. 2020 Jun 1; 69(Supplement 1):2063-p.  View on PubMed
  15. Zhang JQ, Chang KC, Liu L, Gartner ZJ, Abate AR. High Throughput Yeast Strain Phenotyping with Droplet-Based RNA Sequencing. J Vis Exp. 2020 05 21; (159).  View on PubMed
  16. Zhang JQ, Siltanen CA, Liu L, Chang KC, Gartner ZJ, Abate AR. Linked optical and gene expression profiling of single cells at high-throughput. Genome Biol. 2020 02 24; 21(1):49.  View on PubMed
  17. Murrow LM, Gartner ZJ. Balancing Act: Cell Polarity and Shape Compete to Ensure Robust Development. Dev Cell. 2019 12 02; 51(5):545-547.  View on PubMed
  18. Harel ET, Drake PM, Barfield RM, Lui I, Farr-Jones S, Van't Veer L, Gartner ZJ, Green EM, Lourenço AL, Cheng Y, Hann BC, Rabuka D, Craik CS. Antibody-Drug Conjugates Targeting the Urokinase Receptor (uPAR) as a Possible Treatment of Aggressive Breast Cancer. Antibodies (Basel). 2019 Nov 05; 8(4).  View on PubMed
  19. Gartner Z, Hughes A. Getting the measure of living biomaterials. Nature. 2019 08; 572(7767):38-39.  View on PubMed
  20. McGinnis CS, Patterson DM, Winkler J, Conrad DN, Hein MY, Srivastava V, Hu JL, Murrow LM, Weissman JS, Werb Z, Chow ED, Gartner ZJ. MULTI-seq: sample multiplexing for single-cell RNA sequencing using lipid-tagged indices. Nat Methods. 2019 07; 16(7):619-626.  View on PubMed

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