A photo of S. Steven Potter.

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation

Research Interests

Kidney development and disease; Hox genes; craniofacial development; creation of an atlas of global gene expression patterns in the multiple compartments of the developing kidney; analysis of perturbed gene expression patterns in the kidney glomeruli of patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis; craniofacial development using mutant mice, laser capture microdissection, next generation sequencing, and microarrays; recombineering to target multiple Hox genes at once

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Developmental Biology, Center for Translational Fibrosis Research


BA: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA, 1971.

PhD: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1976.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1976-1978.


Potter SS, Brunskill EW, Patterson LT. Defining the genetic blueprint of kidney development. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Feb 19.

Potter SS, Brunskill EW, Patterson LT. Microdissection of the gene expression codes driving nephrogenesis. Organogenesis. 2010 Oct-Dec;6(4):263-9.

Brunskill EW, Potter SS. Gene expression programs of mouse endothelial cells in kidney development and disease. PLoS One. 2010 Aug 10;5(8):e12034.

Georgas K, Rumballe B, Valerius MT, Chiu HS, Thiagarajan RD, Lesieur E, Aronow BJ, Brunskill EW, Combes AN, Tang D, Taylor D, Grimmond SM, Potter SS, McMahon AP, Little MH. Analysis of early nephron patterning reveals a role for distal RV proliferation in fusion to the ureteric tip via a cap mesenchyme-derived connecting segment. Dev Biol. 2009 332(2):273-86.

Brunskill EW, Aronow BJ, Georgas K, Rumballe B, Valerius MT, Aronow J, Kaimal V, Jegga AG, Yu J, Grimmond S, McMahon AP, Patterson LT, Little MH, Potter SS. Atlas of gene expression in the developing kidney at microanatomic resolution. Dev Cell. 2008 Nov;15(5):781-91. Erratum in: Dev Cell. 2009 Mar;16(3):482. Yu, Jing [added].

Adam M, Murali B, Glenn NO, Potter SS. Epigenetic inheritance based evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. BMC Evol Biol. 2008 Feb 18;8:52.

Bennett MR, Czech KA, Arend LJ, Witte DP, Devarajan P, Potter SS. Laser capture microdissection-microarray analysis of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis glomeruli. Nephron Exp Nephrol. 2007;107(1):e30-40.

Potter SS, Hartman HA, Kwan KM, Behringer RR, Patterson LT. Laser capture-microarray analysis of Lim1 mutant kidney development. Genesis. 2007 Jul;45(7):432-9.

Song N, Schwab KR, Patterson LT, Yamaguchi T, Lin X, Potter SS, Lang RA. pygopus 2 has a crucial, Wnt pathway-independent function in lens induction. Development. 2007 May;134(10):1873-85.

Schwab KR, Patterson LT, Hartman HA, Song N, Lang RA, Lin X, Potter SS. Pygo1 and Pygo2 roles in Wnt signaling in mammalian kidney development. BMC Biol. 2007 Apr 10;5:15.

Schwab K, Hartman HA, Liang HC, Aronow BJ, Patterson LT, Potter SS. Comprehensive microarray analysis of Hoxa11/Hoxd11 mutant kidney development. Dev Biol. 2006 May 15;293(2):540-54.