Matt Akamatsu

Matt Akamatsu

Matt Akamatsu, PhD
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

Matt combines mathematical modeling and quantitative fluorescence imaging to study how actin produces force at sites of mammalian endocytosis.

PhD: Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, lab of Tom Pollard



  1. Dambournet D., Sochacki K.A., Cheng A.,Akamatsu M.,Taraska J.W., Hockemeyer D., Drubin D.G. Stem cell differentiation reveals cell-type-specific endocytic adaptations. Submitted.
  2. Akamatsu,M., Lin, Y, Bewersdorf, J, & Pollard, T. D. Analysis of interphase node proteins in fission yeast by quantitative and super resolution fluorescence microscopy. Molecular Biology of the Cell doi:10.1091/mbc.E16-07-0522 (2017).
  3. Zhao, W., Hanson, W, Lou, H.S.,Akamatsu, M., Chowdary, P. M., Santoro, F, Marks, J. R., Grassart, A, Drubin, D. G., Cui, Y, Cui, B. Nanoscale manipulation of membrane curvatures for probing endocytosis in live cells.Nature Nanotechnology 11, 822 (2017).
  4. Pu, K. M.,Akamatsu, M., & Pollard, T. D. The septation initiation network controls the assembly of nodes containing Cdr2p for cytokinesis in fission yeast.J Cell Sci 128, 441–446 (2015).
  5. Akamatsu, M.,Berro, J., Pu, K. M., Tebbs, I. R. & Pollard, T. D. Cytokinetic nodes in fission yeast arise from two distinct types of nodes that merge during interphase. J Cell Biol 204, 977–988 (2014).
  6. McCormick, C. D.,Akamatsu, M., Ti, S.-C. & Pollard, T. D. Measuring Affinities of Fission Yeast Spindle Pole Body Proteins in Live Cells across the Cell Cycle.Biophysj 105, 1324–1335 (2013).