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Office Hours:

Semester: Fall, 2017
Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Thursday 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Office Information:

Room Number: Antonucci Center, Room 235
Phone: 978-665-3763

Courses Taught:

Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture and Laboratory) (BIOL-1200)
General Biology (Laboratory) (BIOL-1800)


Ph.D. Neurobiology & Behavior Cornell University
B.A. Genetics & Developmental Biology Cornell University

Research Interests:

I study a rare form of human muscular dystrophy using a very small roundworm called C.elegans. The human disease is caused by mutations in the dysferlin gene and results in the loss of membrane repair in human skeletal muscle. Mutations in the roundworm ortholog, C. elegans fer-1, results in membrane fusion defects in developing sperm, ultimately causing sterility. The aim of my research is to rescue the sterility of these worms and then apply that knowledge to the human disease, with the ultimate goal of identifying a way to cure this rare form of muscular dystrophy. 

Representative Publications:

Williams EO, Taylor AK, Bell EL, Lim R, Guarente LP. Sirtuin 1 Promotes Deacetylation of Oct4 and Maintenance of Naive Pluripotency Cell Reports 2016 Oct;17(3): 809-820. PMID: 2773285

Bell EL, Nagamori I, Williams EO, Rosario AD, Bryson BD, Watson N, WhiteFM, Sassone-Corsi P, Guarente L. SirT1 is required in the male germ cell for differentiation and fecundity. Development 2014 Sep;141(18):3495-504. PMID: 25142464

Simic P, Williams EO, Bell EL, Gong JJ, Bonkowski M, Guarente L. SIRT1 Suppresses the Epithelial-to- Mesenchymal Transition in Cancer Metastasis and Organ Fibrosis. Cell Reports 2013 Apr 25;3(4): 1175-86. PMID: 23583181

Williams EO, Sickles HM, Dooley AL, Palumbos S, Bisogni AJ, Lin DM. Delta Protocadherin 10 is regulated by activity in the mouse main olfactory system. Front Neural Circuits 2011;5:9 Aug 23. PMID: 21897809

Boston-Howes W*, Williams EO*, Bogush A, Scolere M, Pasinelli P, Trotti D. Nordihydroguaiaretic acid increases glutamate uptake in vitro and in vivo: therapeutic implications for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Experimental Neurology 2008 Sep; 213(1):229-37 PMID: 18625223 *co-authorship

Williams EO, Xia Y, Sickles HM, Shafer P, Yona G, Yang JY, Lin DM. Novel subdomains of the mouse olfactory bulb defined by molecular heterogeneity in the nascent external plexiform and glomerular layers. BMC Developmental Biology 2007 May 16;7:48. PMID: 17506891