Jessica Polka

Postdoc (Biological Sciences)

Harvard Medical School

PhD in Biochemistry, UCSF 2012 BS in Biology, UNC-CH 2007


  • Rivera, C. R. and Kollman, J. M. and Polka, J. K. and Agard, D. A. and Mullins, R. D., (2011). "Architecture and Assembly of a Divergent Member of the ParM Family of Bacterial Actin-like Proteins", Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 286, no. 16, pp. 14282-14290
  • Polka, J. K. and Kollman, J. M. and Agard, D. A. and Mullins, R. D., (2009). "The Structure and Assembly Dynamics of Plasmid Actin AlfA Imply a Novel Mechanism of DNA Segregation", Journal of Bacteriology, vol. 191, no. 20, pp. 6219-6230
  • Ciferri, C and Pasqualato, S and Screpanti, E and Varetti, G and Santaguida, S and Dos Reis, G and Maiolica, A and Polka, J and De Luca, J G. and De Wulf, P and et al., (2008). "Implications for Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment from the Structure of an Engineered Ndc80 Complex", Cell, vol. 133, no. 3, pp. 427-439
  • Justin M. Kollman, Jessica K. Polka, Alex Zelter, Trisha N. Davis, David A. Agard, 2010, 'Microtubule nucleating γ-TuSC assembles structures with 13-fold microtubule-like symmetry', Nature, vol. 466, no. 7308, pp. 879-882
  • Chen AH, Robinson-Mosher A, Savage DF, Silver PA, Polka JK (2013) The Bacterial Carbon-Fixing Organelle Is Formed by Shell Envelopment of Preassembled Cargo. PLoS ONE 8(9): e76127. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076127

Co-workers & collaborators

Pamela Silver

Anna Chen

Avi Robinson-Mosher

David Savage

Daniela Saderi

Co-Founder and Director - Portland, OR (USA)

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