A photo of Samantha Brugmann.

Member, Division of Plastic Surgery

Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Biography & Affiliation


Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Developmental Biology within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She received her BS in cell and molecular biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She then obtained her PhD in genetics from George Washington University in Washington, DC where she studied cranial sensory placode development in Xenopus laevis. She performed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University where her research focused on craniofacial development. While at Stanford she received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32), a Pediatric Research Fund-Child Health Research Program Grant and a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). She joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in January 2011 to study craniofacial development and disease.

Research Interests

Craniofacial development

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Plastic Surgery, Developmental Biology


BS: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

PhD: George Washington University, Washington DC.

Fellowship: Stanford University, Stanford, CA.


Chang CF, Schock EN, Attia A, Stottmann RW,  Brugmann SA. The ciliary baton: orchestrating neural crest development. Current Topics in Developmental Biology. In press.

Brugmann SA, Wells JM. Building additional complexity to in vitro-derived intestinal tissues. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2013;4 Suppl 1:S1.

Liu H, Lan Y, Xu , Chang CF, Brugmann SA, Jiang R. Odd-skipped related-1 controls neural crest chondrogenesis during tongue development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12;110(46):18555-60.

Chang CF, Schock EN, O’Hare EA, Dodgson J, Cheng HH, Muir WM, Edelmann RE, Delany ME, Brugmann SA. The cellular and molecular etiology of the craniofacial defects in the avian ciliopathic mutant, talpid2. Development. 2014 Aug;141(15):3003-12.

Rada-Iglesias A, Bajpai R, Prescott S, Brugmann SA, Swigut T, Wysocka J. Epigenomic annotation of enhancers predicts transcriptional regulators of human neural crest. Cell Stem Cell. 2012 Nov 2;11(5):633-48.

Lenton K, James AW, Manu A, Brugmann SA, Birker D, Nelson ER, Leucht P, Helms JA, Longaker MT. Indian hedgehog positively regulates calvarial ossification and modulates bone morphogenetic protein signaling. Genesis. 2011 Oct;49(10):784-96.

Powder KE, Ku YC, Brugmann SA, Veile RA, Renaud NA, Helms JA, Lovett M. A cross-species analysis of microRNAs in the developing avian face. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e35111.