Luther W. Pollard, Ph.D.

PostDoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. 2017 - The University of Vermont, Burlington


E-mail: luther.pollard at
Phone: (215) 573-0983

Selected Publications

Pollard LW, Garabedian MV, Alioto SL, Shekhar S, Goode BL (2020) Genetically inspired in vitro reconstitution of Saccharomyces cerevisiae actin cables from seven purified proteins., Mol Biol Cell 31(5):335-347. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-10-0576

Garabedian MV, Stanishneva-Konovalova T, Lou C, Rands TJ, Pollard LW, Sokolova OS, Goode BL (2018) Integrated control of formin-mediated actin assembly by a stationary inhibitor and a mobile activator. J Cell Biol 217(10):3512-3530. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201803164

Zimmermann D, Homa KE, Hocky GM, Pollard LW, De La Cruz EM, Voth GA, Trybus KM, Kovar DR (2017) Mechanoregulated inhibition of formin facilitates contractile actomyosin ring assembly. Nat Commun 8(1):703. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00445-3

Pollard LW, Bookwalter CS, Tang Q, Krementsova EB, Trybus KM, Lowey S (2017) Fission yeast myosin Myo2 is down-regulated in actin affinity by light chain phosphorylation., PNAS 114(35):E7236-E7244. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1703161114

Tang Q, Pollard LW, Lord M (2016) Measurements of Myosin-II Motor Activity During Cytokinesis in Fission Yeast., Methods Mol Biol 1369:137-50. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3145-3_11

Clayton JE, Pollard LW, Murray GG, Lord M (2015) Myosin motor isoforms direct specification of actomyosin function by tropomyosins., Cytoskeleton (Hoboken) 72(3):131-45. doi: 10.1002/cm.21213

Pollard LW, Lord M (2014) Getting myosin-V on the right track: tropomyosin sorts transport in yeast., Bioarchitecture 4(1):35-8. doi: 10.4161/bioa.28204

Clayton JE, Pollard LW, Sckolnick M, Bookwalter CS, Hodges AR, Trybus KM, Lord M (2014) Fission yeast tropomyosin specifies directed transport of myosin-V along actin cables. Mol Biol Cell 25(1):66-75. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E13-04-0200

Stark BC, James ML, Pollard LW, Sirotkin V, Lord M (2013) UCS protein Rng3p is essential for myosin-II motor activity during cytokinesis in fission yeast., PLoS One 8(11):e79593. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079593

Pollard LW, Onishi M, Pringle JR, Lord M (2012) Fission yeast Cyk3p is a transglutaminase-like protein that participates in cytokinesis and cell morphogenesis. Mol Biol Cell 23(13):2433-44. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E11-07-0656

Stark BC, Sladewski TE, Pollard LW, Lord M (2010) Tropomyosin and myosin-II cellular levels promote actomyosin ring assembly in fission yeast. Mol Biol Cell 21(6):989-1000. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E09-10-0852