• Adjunct Assistant Professor, School Of Biological Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Physics And Astronomy


  • A. Sharma & B. Preece; X. Fan; R.J. McKenney; K.M. Ori-McKenney; S. Saffarian, M. Vershinin (2021). Structural stability of SARS-CoV-2 virus like particles degrades with temperature. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. Vol. 534, 343-346. Published, 01/2021.
  • H. Swann & A. Sharma, B. Preece, A. Peterson, C. Eldridge, D.M. Belnap, M. Vershinin, S. Saffarian (2020). Minimal system for assembly of SARS-CoV-2 virus like particles. Sci. Rep. Vol. 10, 21877. Published, 12/2020.
  • A. Sharma & M.D.Vershinin (2020). Length dependence of the rigidity of microtubules in small networks. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. Vol. 529, 303-305. Published, 08/2020.
  • F.Doval & K.Chiba, R.J.McKenney, K.M.Ori-McKenney, M.D.Vershinin (2020). Temperature-dependent activity of kinesins is regulable. Biochem Biophys Res Commun.,. Vol. 528, 528-530. Published, 07/2020.
  • H.C. Nguyen & N. Talledge, J. McCullough, A. Sharma, F.R. Moss III, J.H. Iwasa, M.D. Vershinin, W.I. Sundquist, A. Frost (2020). Membrane constriction and thinning by sequential ESCRT-III polymerization. Nat Struct Mol Biol. Vol. 27(4), 392-399. Published, 04/2020.
  • J. Scherer & I.B. Hogue, Z.A. Yaffe, N.S. Tanneti, B.Y. Winer, M. Vershinin, L.W. Enquist (2020). A Kinesin-3 Recruitment Complex Facilitates Axonal Sorting of Enveloped Alpha Herpesvirus Capsids. PLOS Pathogens. Published, 01/2020.
  • R. Tan & A. Lam, T. Tan, J. Han, D.W. Nowakowski, M. Vershinin, S. Simo, K.M. Ori-McKenney, R.J. McKenney (2019). Kinetically distinct phases of tau on microtubules regulate kinesin motors and severing enzymes. Nature Cell Biology. Published, 09/2019.
  • O. Osunbayo (2019). Complex nearly immotile behaviour of enzymatically driven cargos. Soft Matter. Published, 01/2019.
  • Chase K. & Doval F, Vershinin M (2017). Enhanced stability of kinesin-1 as a function of temperature. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. Published, 11/2017.
  • Babu J.N. Reddy & Tripathy S, Vershinin M, Tanenbaum ME, Xu J, Mattson-Hoss M, Arabi K, Chapman D, Doolin T, Hyeon C, Gross SP (2017). Heterogeneity in Kinesin function. Traffic. Published, 10/2017.
  • Gutierrez PA & Ackermann BE, Vershinin M, McKenney RJ (2017). Differential effects of the dynein-regulatory factor Lissencephaly-1 on processive dynein-dynactin motility. J Biol Chem. Published, 07/2017.
  • Hong W, Takshak A, Osunbayo O, Kunwar A & Vershinin M (2016). The Effect of Temperature on Microtubule-Based Transport by Cytoplasmic Dynein and Kinesin-1 Motors. Biophysical journal. Vol. 111, 1287-94. Published, 09/01/2016.
  • Hong W, Takshak A, Osunbayo O, Kunwar A & Vershinin M (2016). The Effect of Temperature on Microtubule-Based Transport by Cytoplasmic Dynein and Kinesin-1 Motors. Biophysical journal. Vol. 111, 1287-94. Published, 09/01/2016.
  • W. Hong & A. Takshak, O. Osunbayo, A. Kunwar, M. Vershinin (2016). The effect of temperature on microtubule-based molecular motor transport. Biophys. J. Published, 09/2016.
  • DOI: 10.1117/2.1201608.006690. Published, 08/26/2016.
  • Scherer J & Yaffe ZA, Vershinin M, Enquist LW (2016). Dual-color Herpesvirus Capsids Discriminate Inoculum from Progeny. J Virol. Published, 08/2016.
  • J. Bergman, O. Osunbayo, M. Vershinin, “Constructing 3D microtubule networks using holographic optical trapping”, Sci Rep. 5:18085 (2015). Published, 12/10/2015.
  • O. Osunbayo, J. Butterfield, J. Bergman, L. Mershon, V. Rodionov, M. Vershinin, “Cargo Transport at Microtubule Crossings: Evidence for Prolonged Tug-of-War between Kinesin Motors”, Biophys J. 108:1480-3 (2015). Published, 03/24/2015.
  • T.E. Smith, W. Hong, M.M. Zachariah, M.K. Harper, T.K. Matainaho, R.M. Van Wagoner, C.M. Ireland, Michael Vershinin, “Single Molecule Inhibition of Human Kinesin 5A by Adociasulfates-13 and -14 from the Sponge Cladocroce aculeate”, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.110: 18880-5 (2013) Co-primary authors, Co-senior authors. Published, 11/2013.
  • Jacqualine Butterfield & Weili Hong, Leslie Mershon, Michael Vershinin (2013). Construction of a high resolution microscope with conventional and holographic optical trapping capabilities. J Vis Exp. Published, 04/2013.
  • A. Kunwar†, S.K. Tripathy†, J. Xu, M.K. Mattson, P. Anand, R. Sigua, M. Vershinin, R.J. McKenney, C.C. Yu, A. Mogilner‡, S.P. Gross‡ “Mechanical Stochastic Tug-of-war Models Cannot Explain Bi-directional Lipid droplet Transport”, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 108:18960-5 (2011) †co-primary authors. ‡co-senior authors. Published, 09/15/2011.
  • "High-resolution imaging reveals indirect coordintion of opposite motors and a role for lIS1 in high-load axonal transport", J. Cell Biol. 195:193-201 (2011). Published, 01/2011.
  • "LIS1 and NudE Induce a Persistent Dynein Force-Producing State", Cell 141:304 (2010). Published, 01/2010.

Research Statement

My work is centered on understanding biological processes across many scales, from atomic and molecular scale up to the scale of living systems. More specifically, I am interested in quantitatively elucidating how molecular processes associated with cytoskeletal proteins give rise to related cellular structure and function. It is now possible to map out the cytoskeleton and associated proteins in a given cell with nanoscale precision via either electron microscopy or super-resolution fluorescence-based studies. However a top-down deconstruction of a cell is insufficient to understand the underlying interactions and overall dynamics. My lab has a vision of surmounting the key hurdle to further progress by experimentally modeling increasing level of complexity from the bottom up without sacrificing experimental control and precision.

Research Keywords

  • single molecule assays
  • optical trapping
  • Molecular Motors
  • Cytoskeleton


  • Idaho State UNiversity. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 03/2021.
  • Motor in Quarantine online international seminar series. Contributed Talk, Presented, 12/2020.
  • Seton Hall University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2020.
  • American Physical Society annual meeting. Panel, Accepted, 03/2020.
  • SCMB Workshop. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2020.
  • Florida Polytechnic University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2020.
  • American Physical Society Annual Meeting. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2019.
  • National Institutes of Health. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2019.
  • American Society of Cell Biology. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2018.
  • Weber State University colloquium. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2018.

Research Groups

  • katelyn Chase, Undergraduate Student. 06/2017 - 08/2017.
  • Abhimanyu Sharma, Graduate Student. 09/2016 - present.
  • Ramona Luna, Undergraduate Student. 06/2016 - 08/2016.
  • Florence Doval, Graduate Student. 05/2016 - present.
  • Amihai Meiri , Postdoc. 07/2015 - 11/2015.
  • Ryan Weber, Undergraduate Student. 06/2014 - 08/2014.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Holographic and ordinary optical trapping. Custom setup. Contact: Michael Vershinin , 801-581-5803 , JFB 307.