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Joost Monen

Joost MonenAssociate Professor of Biology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2013

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-6226
  • Email:
  • Office: G-307
  • Office Hours: W 9:00-12:00; Other times by appointment


  • B.S., University of Delaware
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Courses Offered:

  • Comparative Animal Physiology (Lec/Lab)
  • Genetics (Lec/Lab)
  • Fundamentals of Biology I (Lab)

Teaching Interest:

  • Animal Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genes and Development
  • Neurobiology

Research Interest:

  • Cell division and early embryonic development
  • Functional characterization of genes driving chromosome segregation
  • Neuronal migration, development and connectivity

Recent Publications:

  • Monen J, Hattersley N, Muroyama A, Stevens D, Oegema K, et al. (2015) Separase Cleaves the N-Tail of the CENP-A Related Protein CPAR-1 at the Meiosis I Metaphase-Anaphase Transition in C. elegans. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0125382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125382
  • Gassman R, Rechtsteiner A, Yuen K, Muroyama A, Egelhofer T, Gaydos L, Barron F, Maddox P, Essex A, Monen J, Ercan S, Lieb J, Oegema K, Strome S, Desai A. “An Inverse Relationship to Germline Transcription Defines the elegans Holocentromere in Progeny.” Nature. 2012 Apr 8;484(7395):534-7.
  • Kinkhabwala A, Riley M, Koyama M, Monen J, Sato C, Kimura Y, Higashijima S, Fetcho J. “A ground plan underlying the structural and functional patterning of neurons in the hindbrain of zebrafish.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jan 18;108(3):1164-9.
  • Green RA, Audhya A, Pozniakovsky A, Dammermann A, Pemble H, Monen J, Portier N, Hyman A, Desai A, K. Oegema. “Expression and Imaging of Fluorescent Proteins in the elegans Gonad and Early Embryo.” In K. Sullivan (Ed.), Methods in Cell Biology: Fluorescent Proteins 2008 (85):179-218.
  • Maddox PS, Hyndman F, Monen J, Oegema K, Desai A. “Functional genomics identifies a Myb domain-containing protein family required for assembly of CENP-A chromatin.” J Cell Biol. 2007 Mar 12;176(6):757-63.
  • Monen J, Maddox PS, Hyndman F, Oegema K, Desai A. “Differential role of CENP-A in the segregation of holocentric elegans chromosomes during meiosis and mitosis.” Nat Cell Biol. 2005 Dec;7(12):1248-55.
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