2011-2017 Post-doc, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

2005-2011 Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

2001-2005 Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Texas at Austin


How does a complex living organism arise from the meeting of an egg and sperm? Our lab uses live embryo imaging and in vitro reconstitution to understand how organelles assemble and disassemble following fertilization.  With this knowledge, we aim to understand how cell division errors lead to age-related infertility and cancer.

Research Interest

  • Biochemistry, cell biology, and synthetic biology
  • CRISPR/Cas9 modification of embryos
  • Material properties of organelles
  • Oocyte quality and age-related fertility problems
  • Regulation of centrosome size and number


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Organization and Function of Non-dynamic Biomolecular Condensates.
Woodruff JB, Hyman AA, Boke E Trends Biochem. Sci. 2017 Dec
Phosphatase PP2A and microtubule-mediated pulling forces disassemble centrosomes during mitotic exit.
Enos SJ, Dressler M, Gomes BF, Hyman AA, Woodruff JB Biol Open 2017 Dec
Polo-like kinase phosphorylation determines Caenorhabditis elegans centrosome size and density by biasing SPD-5 toward an assembly-competent conformation.
Wueseke O, Zwicker D, Schwager A, Wong YL, Oegema K, J├╝licher F, Hyman AA, Woodruff JB Biol Open 2016 Oct 5 10 1431-1440
Method: In vitro analysis of pericentriolar material assembly.
Woodruff JB, Hyman AA Methods Cell Biol. 2015 129 369-82
The Caenorhabditis elegans pericentriolar material components SPD-2 and SPD-5 are monomeric in the cytoplasm before incorporation into the PCM matrix.
Wueseke O, Bunkenborg J, Hein MY, Zinke A, Viscardi V, Woodruff JB, Oegema K, Mann M, Andersen JS, Hyman AA Mol. Biol. Cell 2014 Oct 25 19 2984-92
Pericentriolar material structure and dynamics.
Woodruff JB, Wueseke O, Hyman AA Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci. 2014 Sep 369 1650
Spindle assembly requires complete disassembly of spindle remnants from the previous cell cycle.
Woodruff JB, Drubin DG, Barnes G Mol. Biol. Cell 2012 Jan 23 2 258-67
Mitotic spindle disassembly occurs via distinct subprocesses driven by the anaphase-promoting complex, Aurora B kinase, and kinesin-8.
Woodruff JB, Drubin DG, Barnes G J. Cell Biol. 2010 Nov 191 4 795-808

Honors & Awards

  • CPRIT Recruitment Award
  • EMBO Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Weintraub Graduate Student Award nominee
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Dean's Honored Graduate, UT Austin