Wesleyan portrait of Ruth Ineke Johnson

Ruth Ineke Johnson

Associate Professor of Biology

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, 212

Associate Professor, Integrative Sciences


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BS University of Witwatersrand
PHD Cambridge University

Ruth Ineke Johnson

Ruth Johnson is a developmental biologist who aims to understand how epithelial tissues develop in order to function correctly. The Johnson Laboratory uses the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) eye and wing as models to explore the processes that direct the organization of tissues. These processes are also essential for the correct formation and function of our organs and are later reused in adult tissues – this time to maintain the correct organization and function of an organ. For example, orthologs of the protein Cindr (first described by Ruth Johnson) are essential to maintain the structure of our kidneys and have been implicated in cancer. Current work in the Johnson Laboratory focusses on understanding how changes in adhesion, the actin cytoskeleton and cell-signaling are coordinated to correctly organize functional organs.  

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Office Hours

Fall 2020 teaching office hours:  Thur/Friday 11am - noon.

Fall 2020 advising office hours:   During drop/add: Mon 6-7pm; Wed/Thur 5-6pm.  Rest of semester: by appointment.


Fall 2020
BIOL 332 - 01
Genomics Era Cell and Dev

BIOL 505 - 01
Cell & Devel Journal Club

Spring 2021
BIOL 212 - 01
Cell Biology Principles

BIOL 506 - 01
Cell & Develop Journal Club