Amy Strom


Amy is a 3rd year graduate student at UC Berkeley. She grew up in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated with Honors in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2012.

When not in the lab, Amy is an avid climber, hiker, and diver. She often spends weekends in the wilderness, backpacking to new vistas.

Phase transitions in heterochromatin formation


The process of nuclear body assembly is often studied biochemically, but not often biophysically. Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy methods like Number and Brightness and Raster Image Correlation Spectroscopy allow new insights into the study of protein dynamics, complex formation, and chromatin compaction during the process of heterochromatin formation.

Influence of heterochromatin on lifespan determination

Mutations in nuclear structure and architecture proteins like histone acetylases and nuclear lamins can lead to progerias; diseases characterized by premature aging. In Drosophila, slight overexpression of the major heterochromatin determining protein, HP1a, leads to extended lifespan. I am investigating the molecular mechanism connecting heterochromatin to lifespan.