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James Monaghan

Associate Professor

Mailing Address:

134 MU (Mugar Life Sciences Building), Boston, MA 02115

Expertise:

  • Regeneration Biology

Prof. Managhan’s lab uses the axolotl salamander to investigate the cellular and molecular basis of complex tissue regeneration. Axolotls have the amazing ability to regenerate large portions of their limbs, tail, heart, and spinal cord. His lab studies the development and regeneration of the nervous system and limb and the interactions that take place between these organ systems to ask: 1) Why are nerves necessary for complex tissue regeneration? 2) What cellular properties do the axolotls possess that allow them to regenerate limbs and spinal cords? These important questions have the potential to impact our understanding of animal homeostasis as well as regenerative medicine.

James Monaghan in the news

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This Salamander Can Regenerate Limbs like Deadpool. Can It Teach Us to Do the Same?

James Monaghan, associate professor of biology at Northeastern, is studying the axolotl, a type of salamander native to Mexico because of its ability to regrow lost or injured body parts. Monaghan hopes that ability might one day be transferable to humans.
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Biology professor receives 2018 University Excellence in Teaching Award

James Monaghan had just started teaching a class, when the Provost came in and presented him Northeastern University's University Excellence in Teaching Award. "I had no idea it was coming," said Monaghan. "It's the coolest thing that they actually came into class!"