Sandii Constable

Dr Sandii Constable

Research Manager

South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Sandii Constable is the Research Manager for Professor Jose Polo laboratory as part of the Adelaide Centre of Epigenetics (ACE) and the South Australian Immunogenetics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI). Dr Constable received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2014. Her doctoral research was undertaken in the laboratory of Professor Lance Wells located in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and focused on a simple glycosylation addition to embryonic stem cell transcription factor proteins responsible for the maintenance of pluripotency. After the completion of her PhD, Dr Constable underwent Postdoctoral training in ciliary signalling during mouse embryonic development at both Emory University under the supervision of Professor Tamara Caspary, and Associate Professor Saikat Mukhopahyay at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr Constable's interests lie in the cell signals and factors that promote correct development, differentiation and reprogramming of embryonic cells and embryos.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2016 Faculty of Biology Georgia Gwinnett College
    2014 - 2016 Instructor of Biology University of Georgia
    2003 - 2014 Research Associate ViaCyte (United States)
    2001 - 2003 Research Assistant BresaGen Pty Ltd
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 - 2014 University of Georgia United States PhD
    1995 - 1999 University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2019 - 2021 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center United States
    2016 - 2019 Postdoctoral Fellow Emory University United States
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Constable, S., Long, A. B., Floyd, K. A., Schurmans, S., & Caspary, T. (2020). The ciliary phosphatidylinositol phosphatase Inpp5e plays positive and negative regulatory roles in Shh signaling. Development (Cambridge), 147(3), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS14 Europe PMC16
    2020 Constable, S., & Mukhopadhyay, S. (2020). Ubiquitin Tunes Hedgehog in Matters of the Heart.. Developmental cell, 55(4), 385-386.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Guo, J., Otis, J. M., Suciu, S. K., Catalano, C., Xing, L., Constable, S., . . . Anton, E. S. (2019). Primary Cilia Signaling Promotes Axonal Tract Development and Is Disrupted in Joubert Syndrome-Related Disorders Models. Developmental Cell, 51(6), 759-774.e5.
    DOI Scopus45 WoS41 Europe PMC27
    2019 Constable, S., Long, A., Floyd, K., Schurmans, S., & Caspary, T. (2019). Ciliary phosphatidylinositol phosphatase Inpp5e plays positive and negative regulatory roles in Shh signaling.
    2019 Ferent, J., Constable, S., Gigante, E. D., Yam, P. T., Mariani, L. E., Legué, E., . . . Charron, F. (2019). The Ciliary Protein Arl13b Functions Outside of the Primary Cilium in Shh-Mediated Axon Guidance. Cell Reports, 29(11), 3356-3366.e3.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS28 Europe PMC20
    2017 Constable, S., Lim, J. M., Vaidyanathan, K., & Wells, L. (2017). O-GlcNAc transferase regulates transcriptional activity of human Oct4. Glycobiology, 27(10), 927-937.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS24 Europe PMC20
    2010 Brimble, S., Wollaston-Hayden, E. E., Teo, C. F., Morris, A. C., & Wells, L. (2010). The role of the O-GlcNAc modification in regulating eukaryotic gene expression. Current Signal Transduction Therapy, 5(1), 12-24.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS17 Europe PMC11
    2007 Schulz, T. C., Swistowska, A. M., Liu, Y., Swistowski, A., Palmarini, G., Brimble, S. N., . . . Zeng, X. (2007). A large-scale proteomic analysis of human embryonic stem cells. BMC Genomics, 8(1), 16 pages.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS21 Europe PMC18
    2007 Brimble, S. N., Sherrer, E. S., Uhl, E. W., Wang, E., Kelly, S., Merrill, A. H., . . . Schulz, T. C. (2007). The cell surface glycosphingolipids SSEA-3 and SSEA-4 are not essential for human ESC pluripotency. Stem Cells, 25(1), 54-62.
    DOI Scopus89 WoS81 Europe PMC66
    2007 Wang, L., Schulz, T. C., Sherrer, E. S., Dauphin, D. S., Shin, S., Nelson, A. M., . . . Robins, A. J. (2007). Self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells requires insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor and ERBB2 receptor signaling. Blood, 110(12), 4111-4119.
    DOI Scopus270 WoS235 Europe PMC198
    2006 Plaia, T. W., Josephson, R., Liu, Y., Zeng, X., Ording, C., Toumadje, A., . . . Auerbach, J. M. (2006). Characterization of a new NIH-registered variant human embryonic stem cell line, BG01V: A tool for human embryonic stem cell research. Stem Cells, 24(3), 531-546.
    DOI Scopus65 WoS57 Europe PMC46
    2005 Bhattacharya, B., Cai, J., Luo, Y., Miura, T., Mejido, J., Brimble, S. N., . . . Puri, R. K. (2005). Comparison of the gene expression profile of undifferentiated human embryonic stem cell lines and differentiating embryoid bodies. BMC Developmental Biology, 5(1), 16 pages.
    DOI Scopus101 WoS90 Europe PMC77
    2005 Maitra, A., Arking, D. E., Shivapurkar, N., Ikeda, M., Stastny, V., Kassauei, K., . . . Chakravarti, A. (2005). Genomic alterations in cultured human embryonic stem cells. Nature Genetics, 37(10), 1099-1103.
    DOI Scopus553 WoS463 Europe PMC361
    2004 Brimble, S. N., Zeng, X., Weiler, D. A., Luo, Y., Liu, Y., Lyons, I. G., . . . Schulz, T. C. (2004). Karyotypic stability, genotyping, differentiation, feeder-free maintenance, and gene expression sampling in three human embryonic stem cell lines derived prior to August 9, 2001. Stem Cells and Development, 13(6), 585-597.
    DOI Scopus185 WoS160 Europe PMC126
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2022 Constable, S., White, K., Somatilaka, B. N., & Mukhopadhyay, S. (2022). Studying Hedgehog Signaling During Mouse Neural Tube Development. In Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 2374, pp. 59-71). Springer US.

In addition to mentoring students in the lab, Dr Constable has experience in teaching introductory and advanced biology classes to undergraduates.

Lecturing Experience

2011-2016.        Principles of Biology I (lectures and labs)

2014.                 Advanced Topics in Biology - “Biology of Stem Cells” (paper based discussion group)



  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Characterization of changes in cilia and centrioles during mouse cerebellum development UT Southwestern Medical Center Undergraduate Research Intern Other Part Time Amin Lim
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Regulation of Sonic Hedgehog signalling in neural tube development Emory University - Other Full Time Kathryn Floyd
    2007 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Determining the Possibility of the Role of O-GlcNAc in Insulin Signaling Mutants – Under Stress Response University of Georgia CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) Other Part Time Wei Wang
  • Position: Research Manager
  • Phone: 83136986
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  • Campus: West End Health Precinct
  • Building: AHMS - Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor Sixth Floor
  • Org Unit: South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute

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