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    Lawrence Lifshitz PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentProgram in Molecular Medicine
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    373 Plantation Street
    Worcester MA 01605
    Phone508-856-3392
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentNeuroscience

        Overview 
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        Academic Background

        1980, B.A., Harvard University
        1983, M.S., University of North Carolina
        1987, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

        My Personal This link goes to an external web site Home Page
        The Biomedical Imaging Group This link goes to an external web site Home Page

        Computer Vision and Image ProcessingLarry Lifshitz

        Research in this lab involves developing and appying new computer vision algorithms toaidin the identification and quantification of structures of interest in medical images of various types. The research is directed towards solving certain "driving problems" of interest to medical researchers and physicians at UMW.

        Some driving problems to date have been: the automatic identification and tracking of microtubules in a time series of microscopic images of moving cells; the determination of cell membrane location in 3D fluorescently labelled fixed cells (to aid in quantification); the alignment of nuclear medicine and CT images to aid in the interpretation of nuclear medicine images; and the visualization and quantification of atherosclerosis in blood vessels.

        For more information, see my lab page This link goes 
to an unofficial UMass web server.

        Figure

        Research Figure

        This figure shows a computer generated deformable surface which has deformed to match the true position of the cell membrane of a 3D image of a florescently labelled cell. Several slices from the 3D data set are also shown. The interactive visualization software and the deformable model software were developed by Dr. Lifshitz (in collaboration with others).



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        1. Rojas-Rodriguez R, Gealekman O, Kruse ME, Rosenthal B, Rao K, Min S, Bellve KD, Lifshitz LM, Corvera S. Adipose tissue angiogenesis assay. Methods Enzymol. 2014; 537:75-91.
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        2. Zhang CH, Lifshitz LM, Uy KF, Ikebe M, Fogarty KE, ZhuGe R. The cellular and molecular basis of bitter tastant-induced bronchodilation. PLoS Biol. 2013; 11(3):e1001501.
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        3. Zhang CH, Li Y, Zhao W, Lifshitz LM, Li H, Harfe BD, Zhu MS, ZhuGe R. The transmembrane protein 16A Ca(2+)-activated Cl- channel in airway smooth muscle contributes to airway hyperresponsiveness. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Feb 15; 187(4):374-81.
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        4. Zhang CH, Chen C, Lifshitz LM, Fogarty KE, Zhu MS, ZhuGe R. Activation of BK channels may not be required for bitter tastant-induced bronchodilation. Nat Med. 2012 May; 18(5):648-50; author reply 650-1.
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        5. Navaroli DM, Bellvé KD, Standley C, Lifshitz LM, Cardia J, Lambright D, Leonard D, Fogarty KE, Corvera S. Rabenosyn-5 defines the fate of the transferrin receptor following clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Feb 21; 109(8):E471-80.
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        6. Navaroli DM, Stevens ZH, Uzelac Z, Gabriel L, King MJ, Lifshitz LM, Sitte HH, Melikian HE. The plasma membrane-associated GTPase Rin interacts with the dopamine transporter and is required for protein kinase C-regulated dopamine transporter trafficking. J Neurosci. 2011 Sep 28; 31(39):13758-70.
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        7. Lifshitz LM, Carmichael JD, Lai FA, Sorrentino V, Bellvé K, Fogarty KE, ZhuGe R. Spatial organization of RYRs and BK channels underlying the activation of STOCs by Ca(2+) sparks in airway myocytes. J Gen Physiol. 2011 Aug; 138(2):195-209.
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        8. Jurczyk A, Pino SC, O'Sullivan-Murphy B, Addorio M, Lidstone EA, Diiorio P, Lipson KL, Standley C, Fogarty K, Lifshitz L, Urano F, Mordes JP, Greiner DL, Rossini AA, Bortell R. A novel role for the centrosomal protein, pericentrin, in regulation of insulin secretory vesicle docking in mouse pancreatic beta-cells. PLoS One. 2010; 5(7):e11812.
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        9. Zhuge R, Bao R, Fogarty KE, Lifshitz LM. Ca2+ sparks act as potent regulators of excitation-contraction coupling in airway smooth muscle. J Biol Chem. 2010 Jan 15; 285(3):2203-10.
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        10. Lefkowitz JJ, Fogarty KE, Lifshitz LM, Bellve KD, Tuft RA, ZhuGe R, Walsh JV, De Crescenzo V. Suppression of Ca2+ syntillas increases spontaneous exocytosis in mouse adrenal chromaffin cells. J Gen Physiol. 2009 Oct; 134(4):267-80.
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        11. Li X, Standley C, Sapp E, Valencia A, Qin ZH, Kegel KB, Yoder J, Comer-Tierney LA, Esteves M, Chase K, Alexander J, Masso N, Sobin L, Bellve K, Tuft R, Lifshitz L, Fogarty K, Aronin N, DiFiglia M. Mutant huntingtin impairs vesicle formation from recycling endosomes by interfering with Rab11 activity. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Nov; 29(22):6106-16.
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        12. Leonard D, Hayakawa A, Lawe D, Lambright D, Bellve KD, Standley C, Lifshitz LM, Fogarty KE, Corvera S. Sorting of EGF and transferrin at the plasma membrane and by cargo-specific signaling to EEA1-enriched endosomes. J Cell Sci. 2008 Oct 15; 121(Pt 20):3445-58.
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        13. Bao R, Lifshitz LM, Tuft RA, Bellvé K, Fogarty KE, ZhuGe R. A close association of RyRs with highly dense clusters of Ca2+-activated Cl- channels underlies the activation of STICs by Ca2+ sparks in mouse airway smooth muscle. J Gen Physiol. 2008 Jul; 132(1):145-60.
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        14. Zhang YA, Tuft RA, Lifshitz LM, Fogarty KE, Singer JJ, Zou H. Caffeine-activated large-conductance plasma membrane cation channels in cardiac myocytes: characteristics and significance. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2007 Oct; 293(4):H2448-61.
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        15. Takizawa N, Smith TC, Nebl T, Crowley JL, Palmieri SJ, Lifshitz LM, Ehrhardt AG, Hoffman LM, Beckerle MC, Luna EJ. Supervillin modulation of focal adhesions involving TRIP6/ZRP-1. J Cell Biol. 2006 Jul 31; 174(3):447-58.
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        16. De Crescenzo V, Fogarty KE, Zhuge R, Tuft RA, Lifshitz LM, Carmichael J, Bellvé KD, Baker SP, Zissimopoulos S, Lai FA, Lemos JR, Walsh JV. Dihydropyridine receptors and type 1 ryanodine receptors constitute the molecular machinery for voltage-induced Ca2+ release in nerve terminals. J Neurosci. 2006 Jul 19; 26(29):7565-74.
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        17. Bellve KD, Leonard D, Standley C, Lifshitz LM, Tuft RA, Hayakawa A, Corvera S, Fogarty KE. Plasma membrane domains specialized for clathrin-mediated endocytosis in primary cells. J Biol Chem. 2006 Jun 9; 281(23):16139-46.
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        18. ZhuGe R, DeCrescenzo V, Sorrentino V, Lai FA, Tuft RA, Lifshitz LM, Lemos JR, Smith C, Fogarty KE, Walsh JV. Syntillas release Ca2+ at a site different from the microdomain where exocytosis occurs in mouse chromaffin cells. Biophys J. 2006 Mar 15; 90(6):2027-37.
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        19. Zou H, Lifshitz LM, Tuft RA, Fogarty KE, Singer JJ. Using total fluorescence increase (signal mass) to determine the Ca2+ current underlying localized Ca2+ events. J Gen Physiol. 2004 Sep; 124(3):259-72.
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        20. Zhuge R, Fogarty KE, Baker SP, McCarron JG, Tuft RA, Lifshitz LM, Walsh JV. Ca(2+) spark sites in smooth muscle cells are numerous and differ in number of ryanodine receptors, large-conductance K(+) channels, and coupling ratio between them. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2004 Dec; 287(6):C1577-88.
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        21. Zou H, Lifshitz LM, Tuft RA, Fogarty KE, Singer JJ. Imaging calcium entering the cytosol through a single opening of plasma membrane ion channels: SCCaFTs--fundamental calcium events. Cell Calcium. 2004 Jun; 35(6):523-33.
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        22. De Crescenzo V, ZhuGe R, Velázquez-Marrero C, Lifshitz LM, Custer E, Carmichael J, Lai FA, Tuft RA, Fogarty KE, Lemos JR, Walsh JV. Ca2+ syntillas, miniature Ca2+ release events in terminals of hypothalamic neurons, are increased in frequency by depolarization in the absence of Ca2+ influx. J Neurosci. 2004 Feb 4; 24(5):1226-35.
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        23. Lawe DC, Sitouah N, Hayes S, Chawla A, Virbasius JV, Tuft R, Fogarty K, Lifshitz L, Lambright D, Corvera S. Essential role of Ca2+/calmodulin in Early Endosome Antigen-1 localization. Mol Biol Cell. 2003 Jul; 14(7):2935-45.
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        24. Femino AM, Fogarty K, Lifshitz LM, Carrington W, Singer RH. Visualization of single molecules of mRNA in situ. Methods Enzymol. 2003; 361:245-304.
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        25. Zou H, Lifshitz LM, Tuft RA, Fogarty KE, Singer JJ. Visualization of Ca2+ entry through single stretch-activated cation channels. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Apr 30; 99(9):6404-9.
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        26. Miyazaki K, Yano T, Schmidt DJ, Tokui T, Shibata M, Lifshitz LM, Kimura S, Tuft RA, Ikebe M. Rho-dependent agonist-induced spatio-temporal change in myosin phosphorylation in smooth muscle cells. J Biol Chem. 2002 Jan 4; 277(1):725-34.
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        27. Lawe DC, Chawla A, Merithew E, Dumas J, Carrington W, Fogarty K, Lifshitz L, Tuft R, Lambright D, Corvera S. Sequential roles for phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate and Rab5 in tethering and fusion of early endosomes via their interaction with EEA1. J Biol Chem. 2002 Mar 8; 277(10):8611-7.
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