Jennifer Erasmus joined the Cell-cell Adhesion Signalling group as a Research Assistant in 2003.
Jenni graduated from Stellenbosch University with a distinction in B.Sc Honours degree in Wine Biotechnology. After a Masters in Wine Biotechnology in the same university, she worked for Prof Anne Dranginnis at St John’s University in New York.
She completed her PhD studies in the lab in 2009, investigating the cytoskeletal arrangements driven by small GTPases in epithelial cells and the interplay between junction assembly and small GTPases.
She has published 3 papers and one chapter in Methods in Enzymology. She was awarded the Wellcome Trust Value in People award (VIP award) in 2010.
Her current research interests are mechanisms via which inappropriate activation of Rac leads to the destabilization of E-cadherin cell-cell contacts in tumours.
et al., 2019, Junction Mapper is a novel computer vision tool to decipher cell-cell contact phenotypes., Elife, Vol:8, ISSN:2050-084X, Pages:1-48
et al., 2017, Corrigendum: Defining functional interactions during biogenesis of epithelial junctions, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:14195-14195
Braga VMM, 2016, Defining functional interactions during biogenesis of epithelial junctions, Nature Communications, Vol:7, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-17
Braga VMM, Erasmus JE, Welsh N, 2015, Cooperation of distinct Rac-dependent pathways to stabilize E-cadherin adhesion, Cellular Signalling, Vol:27, ISSN:1873-3913
Erasmus JC, Welsh NJ, Braga VMM, 2015, Cooperation of distinct Rac-dependent pathways to stabilise E-cadherin adhesion, Cellular Signalling, Vol:27, ISSN:1873-3913, Pages:1905-1913