Terry Lechler graduated from Harvard University and continued with his training at Rockefeller University in New York City in the lab of Elaine Fuchs, where he focused his research on the cytoskeleton, morphogenesis, cell polarity and asymmetric cell division in epithelial cells. After a six-month break in Nepal, where he helped to set up a medical school and taught medical students basic science, he finished his postdoc at Rockefeller University. In 2006 he started his own lab at Duke University in Durham (North Carolina) where he and his team study the roles of the cytoskeleton and cell adhesion in morphogenesis of the skin and gut.
Terry Lechler will spend a 4-month sabbatical at the University of Cologne and works as a guest scientist within the SFB 829 until July 2018. The main purpose of his stay in Cologne is to explore new research perspectives and establish collaborations between his lab and SFB 829 members in Cologne.