A photo of Joshua Waxman.

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research

Research Interests

Understanding the molecular underlying nature of congenital heart defects; cardiomyocyte formation

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Molecular Cardiovascular Biology, Heart Institute, Developmental Biology, Heart Institute

My Education

BA: New College, Sarasota, FL,1999.

PhD: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2004.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Skirball Institute/NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2004-2009.

My Publications

D’Aniello E, Rydeen A, Anderson J, Mandal A, Waxman JS.Depletion of retinoic acid receptors initiates a novel positive feedback mechanism that promotes teratogenic increases in retinoic acid. PLoS Genet. 2013 Aug; 9(8):e1003689.

Sorrell MR, Dohn TE, D’Aniello E, Waxman JS. Tcf7l1 proteins cell autonomously restrict cardiomyocyte and promote endothelial specification in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2013;380(2); 199-210.

Mandal A, Rydeen A, Anderson J, Sorrell MR, Zygmunt T, Torres-Vázquez J, Waxman JS. Transgenic retinoic acid sensor lines in zebrafish indicate regions of available embryonic retinoic acid. Developmental Dynamics. 2013 Aug; 242(8); 989-1000.

Dohn TE, Waxman JS. Distinct phases of Wnt/β-catenin signaling direct cardiomyocyte formation in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2012 Jan 15;361(2):364-76.

Sorrell MR, Waxman JS. Restraint of Fgf8 signaling by retinoic acid signaling is required for proper heart and forelimb formation. Dev. Biol. 2011 Oct 1; 358(1):44-55.

Waxman JS, Yelon D. Zebrafish retinoic acid receptors function as context-dependent transcriptional activators. Dev Biol. 2011; 352:128-40.

Feng L, Hernandez RE, Waxman JS, Yelon D, Moens CB. Dhrs3a regulates retinoic acid biosynthesis through a feedback inhibition mechanism. Dev Biol. 2010 Feb 1;338(1):1-14.

Waxman JS, Yelon D. Increased Hox activity mimics the teratogenic effects of excess retinoic acid signaling. Dev Dyn. 2009 May; 238(5):1207-13.

Linville A, Radtke K, Waxman JS, Yelon D, Schilling TF. Combinatorial roles for zebrafish retinoic acid receptors in the hindbrain, limbs and pharyngeal arches. Dev Biol. 2009 Jan 1; 325(1):60-70.

Waxman JS, Keegan BR, Roberts RW, Poss KD, Yelon D. Hoxb5b acts downstream of retinoic acid signaling in the forelimb field to restrict heart field potential in zebrafish. Dev Cell. 2008 Dec; 15(6):923-34.