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Andrew Jon Holland, M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Research Interests: Cell cycle control; Genome instability; Chromosome segregation.
Dr. Andrew J. Holland is an assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and holds a secondary appointment in Oncology. Dr. Holland's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that control accurate chromosome distribution and the role of cell division errors in human health and disease.
Dr. Holland received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, UK. He earned both his Ph.D. and Masters in Research at the University of Manchester, UK. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Holland joined the Hopkins faculty in 2013.
Dr. Holland is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014 he was selected as a Kimmel Scholar and a Pew-Stewart Scholar. His work recognized in 2016 with the R.R. Bensley Award in Cell biology by the American Association of Anatomists.
- Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Assistant Professor of Oncology
- M.A., University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) (2002)
- Ph.D., University of Manchester (United Kingdom) (2006)
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego, CA, 2013
Research & Publications
Cell division is a fundamental process forming the basis for life itself. Each time a cell divides, it makes a complete copy of its entire genome and segregates this genome such that both daughter cells receive all the genetic information required for further growth and development.
Errors in the distribution of chromosomes during mitosis lead to the production of cells with an abnormal chromosome content, which in early development lead to lethal growth defects and may later contribute to the development of cancer.
The Holland Lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms that control accurate chromosome distribution and the role that mitotic errors play in human health and disease.
The lab utilizes a combination of chemical biology, biochemistry, cell biology and genetically engineered mice to study pathways involved in mitosis and their effect on cell and organism physiology.
A major focus of the group is to develop cell and animal-based models to study the role of cell division defects in genome instability and tumorigenesis.
Lab Website: Holland Lab
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Holland AJ*, Fachinetti D, Zhu Q, Bauer M, Verma IM, Nigg EA, Cleveland DW. The autoregulated instability of Polo-like kinase 4 limits centrosome duplication to once per cell cycle. Genes Dev. 2012. PMCID: PMC3533073
Moyer TC, Clutario KM, Lambrus BG, Daggubati V, Holland AJ*. Binding of STIL to Plk4 activates kinase activity to promote centriole assembly. J Cell Biol. 2015. PMCID: PMC4477857
Lambrus BG, Uetake Y, Clutario KM, Daggubati V, Snyder M, Sluder G, Holland AJ*. p53 protects against genome instability following centriole duplication failure. J Cell Biol. 2015. PMCID: PMC4494000
Lambrus BG, Daggubati V, Uetake Y, Scott PM, Clutario KM, Sluder G, Holland AJ*. A USP28-53BP1-p53-p21 signaling axis arrests growth after centrosome loss or prolonged mitosis. J Cell Biol. 2016 Jul 18;214(2):143-53. PMCID: PMC4949452
Kim Y*, Holland AJ*, Lan W, Cleveland DW. Aurora kinases and protein phosphatase 1 mediate chromosome congression through regulation of CENP-E. Cell. 2010 Aug 6;142(3):444-55. *equal contribution. PMCID: PMC2921712
Academic Affiliations & Courses
Graduate Program Affiliation
Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Activities & Honors
- Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award, 2016
- R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology, American Association of Anatomists, 2015
- Johns Hopkins Discovery Innovation Award, 2015
- Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research, 2014
- Kimmel Scholar, 2014
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society senior fellowship, 2011 - 2014
- Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award, March of Dimes, 2014
- Basil O'Connor Starter Research Award, March of Dimes, 2013
- EMBO long-term fellowship, 2007 - 2009
- American Association for Cancer Research, 2009
- American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013
- American Society for Cell Biology, 2005
- American Society for Cell Biology, 2012
- Associate Chair, Gordon Research Seminar on Cell Growth and Proliferation, 2011
Videos & Media
TomorrowsDiscoveries: When Cell Division Goes Wrong—Dr. Andrew Holland
Lectures and Presentations
Inside the Cell
PhD Course, Portugal (01/01/2011)
Gulbenkian Science Institute