Jennifer Sallee

Associate Professor of Biology



+1 630 637 5183


My interests lie in how cells change their shape during development and I use Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) to study this. My goal is to engage students at all levels of their study and show them how biology is connected to their everyday lives. 

Selected Scholarship

Sallee, J. L., and D. P. Kiehart. ck/MyosinVIIA contributes to denticle formation during Drosophila development. (In preparation)

Sallee, J. L., and K. Burridge. 2009. DEP-1 regulates phosphorylation of tight junction proteins and enhances barrier function of epithelial cells. J. Biol. Chem. 284:14997-15006.

Sallee, J. L., E. S. Wittchen, and K. Burridge. 2006. Regulation of cell adhesion by protein-tyrosine phosphatases 2. cell-cell adhesion. J. Biol. Chem. 281:16189-16192.

Burridge, K., S. K. Sastry, and J. L. Sallee. 2006. Regulation of cell adhesion by protein-tyrosine phosphatases 1. cell-matrix adhesion. J. Biol. Chem. 281:15593-15596

External Funding

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2013.

Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Predoctoral Traineeship Award, 2006-2008

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, 2005-2006.

Courses Taught

BIOL 195 Investigating Biology

BIOL 230 Genes and Genomics

BIOL 370 Mechanisms of Development

BCHM 465 Advances in Biomedical Research

GSST 340 Global Views: Women in Science