A photo of Cindy Bachurski.

Director of Student Pipeline Programs, Research Administration

Co-Director, COM Graduate Programs, Office of Graduate Education, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



About Me


Cindy Bachurski, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, co-director of the Office of Graduate Education, and director of Student Pipeline Programs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. From 2009 to 2015 she served as the scientist recruiter for postdoctoral fellows and research associates at Cincinnati Children's and as the assistant director for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Dr. Bachurski was PI of a research laboratory from 1994 to 2010 in the Division of Pulmonary Biology. Her lab studied transcriptional control of the establishment and maintenance of the pulmonary type II cell. She used sophisticated transgenic mouse technology and molecular and biochemical analysis methods to ask mechanistic questions about transcription factor interactions during lung development, and in response to injury.

Dr. Bachurski has a long-term interest in mentoring young scientists. She organized a Research Explorer Scout Troop for high school students (1997 to 2001). She currently directs the Summer Internship Program at Cincinnati Children's, for graduating high school students to work with clinician-mentors, and the Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students (BRIMS) Program for young high achieving minority students to gain research experience. She also co-chairs the Cincinnati Children's High School Science Symposium honoring outstanding, local high school students and their teachers.

Starting in February of 2015, Dr. Bachurski also joined the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as the co-director of graduate programs for student recruiting and outreach.

Research Interests

Epithelial remodeling in lung injury / repair; transcription factor interactions in lung development; regulation of the type II cell phenotype / lung epithelial progenitor cells; regulation of late lung development / BPD 



Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

My Education

PhD: Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1990.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1990 to 1992.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pulmonary Biology, Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, 1992 to 1994.

My Publications

Hsu YC, Osinski J, Campbell CE, Litwack ED, Wang D, Liu S, Bachurski CJ, Gronostajski RM. Mesenchymal Nuclear Factor IB regulates cell proliferation and epithelial differentiation during lung maturation. Dev Biol. 2011;354(2):242-252.

Steele-Perkins G, Plachez C, Butz KG, Yang G, Bachurski CJ, Kinsman SL, Litwack ED, Richards LJ, Gronostajski RM. The Transcription Factor Gene Nfib Is Essential for both Lung Maturation and Brain Development. Mol Cell Biol. 2005;25:685-98.

Bachurski CJ, Yang GH, Currier TA, Gronostajski R, Hong D. Nuclear Factor I/Thyroid Transcription Factor 1 interactions modulate Surfactant Protein C transcription. Mol Cell Biol. 2003;23:9014-24.

Bachurski CJ, Ross GF, Ikegami M, Kramer BW, Jobe AH. Intra-amniotic endotoxin increases pulmonary surfactant components and induces SP-B processing in fetal sheep. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2001;280:L279-L285.

McDowell SA, Gammon K, Bachurski CJ, Weist JE, Leikauf JE, Prows DR, Leikauf GD. Differential gene expression in the initiation and progression of nickel-induced acute lung injury. Am J Resp Cell Mol Biol. 2000;23(4):466-474.

Bachurski CJ, Kelly SE, Glasser SW, Currier TA. Nuclear factor I family members regulate transcription of surfactant protein-C. J Biol Chem. 1997;272:32759-32766.

Bachurski CJ, Pryhuber GS, Kelly SE, Glasser SW, Whitsett JA. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibits surfactant protein-C gene transcription. J Biol Chem. 1995;270:19402-19407.

Dranoff G, Crawford AD, Sadelain M, Ream B, Rashid A, Bronson RT, Dickersin GR, Bachurski CJ, Mark EL, Whitsett JA, Mulligan RC. Involvement of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor in normal pulmonary homeostasis. Science. 1994;264:713-716.

Bachurski CJ, Theodorakis NG, Coulson RMR, Cleveland DW. An amino terminal tetrapeptide specifies co-translational degradation of ß-tubulin, but not a-tubulin mRNAs. Mol Cell Biol. 1994;14:4076-4086.